Family ties behind tree auction

Family was an important element of the Heartland of Bellefontaine’s 12th annual Christmas tree auction Tuesday evening, with family members stopping by to bid on each other’s items and also individuals participating to support their loved ones who live at the facility.


ABOVE: Special guest auctioneer Jim Lile, left, auctions an OSU-themed Christmas tree, pictured at right, with the help of his son, Mick, Tuesday evening at Heartland of Bellefontaine’s 12th annual Christmas tree auction. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Attendees at Tuesday’s Heartland of Bellefontaine Christmas tree auction check out trees and other items during a preview event prior to the actual auction. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

In fact, the top selling item at the event, a decorative Christmas chest donated by Universal Home Health & Hospice Care, was the result of a bidding war between two siblings, Tamara Jenkins and Bill Hurley.

In the end, city resident Ms. Jenkins outbid her brother for a top bid of $500, but she decided to donate the piece to Mr. Hurley. The entry also was the winner of the Best Decor Award for the auction.

“The money is all going to a good cause,” Ms. Jenkins said. “It’s all about giving back, and that’s what I wanted to do.”

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