WEEKEND: Auction to benefit Forks scholarships
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By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News
FORKS — Where can you pick up a 2000 Honda Accord, a pontoon boat or a handmade metal sculpture while contributing to the education of others?
The Forks High School Class of 2013 Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction — the 49th annual edition of the fundraiser — will offer these items and about 1,000 others Saturday and Sunday.
The live auction will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the student commons at Forks High School, 261 S. Spartan Ave., where all items will be on display.
The auction also will be carried live on Forks 1490 AM/96.7 FM radio and live-streamed at www.searchforks.com/qvsa, with photos of the auction items available on the website.
Money from the annual auction funds awards made to Forks High School graduating seniors and graduates to pay for college costs, for vocational school fees or for tools for graduates heading off to work.
Recipients can use the scholarship for any continuing education, including vocational or certificate training.
Among the largest auction items this year are a 2000 Honda Accord donated by Wilder Auto in Port Angeles, a $1,000 pontoon boat from Forks Outfitters and at least 15 package trips, said Rachel Harner, senior class liaison for the auction with Nate Brock.
The popular wood carvings and metal sculptures created by inmates at the Olympic Corrections Center will be included in this year's auction.
In 2012, more than $11,000 was raised from the sale of metal wall-hangings donated by Olympic Corrections Center inmates that featured wolves, eagles, bears and other Pacific Northwest themes.
Other auction items donated by community members include knit hats, hand-knitted “Star Wars” figures, Twilight-themed gifts, fishing trips, tools, shirts, books on Forks-area history, art pieces, beauty supplies and gift certificates for a wide variety of stores and services.
Donations will be accepted through Sunday, Harner said.
In the 48 years of the auction, more than $1 million has been raised for Forks alumni to continue their vocational or higher education goals.
Goal: Beat last year
“We want to beat last year. They made $59,800. We do get competitive about it,” Harner said.
Members of the senior class began gathering donations in February and scheduling staffing for the two-day auction, she said.
Harner said the students are overseen by a group of community leaders who coordinate the radio broadcast and manage the scholarship, while teachers at the school serve as auctioneers.
Most of the committee members are Forks High graduates, and many are past recipients of the scholarship, she added.
Any Forks High graduate is eligible for a scholarship twice in his or her life, she said, based on financial need, grades and participation in past auctions.
Harner said the first recipient of the scholarship, Dr. Robert Henry, DDS, in 1964 returned to Forks to care for community members until his retirement last year.
Bids can be made in person at the student commons or by phoning 360-374-6262, ext. 228 or 229, during the event, Harner said.
Credits cards will be accepted, and all sales are final.
All items must be picked up at Forks High School Commons before the close of the auction each day.
Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at email@example.com.
Last modified: March 15. 2013 4:15PM