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7/8/2020 12:04:00 PM
JCCF fundraiser goes virtual this week
In addition to the auction, the JCCF’s popular Mystery Game, which features gold and silver fawns this year, can be played online, too. Pictured with the deer are JCCF board member Jessi Hill Yardborough, her son Hudson and Joanie Van Horn.—Staff Photos
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In addition to the auction, the JCCF’s popular Mystery Game, which features gold and silver fawns this year, can be played online, too. Pictured with the deer are JCCF board member Jessi Hill Yardborough, her son Hudson and Joanie Van Horn.—Staff Photos
The Jennings County Community Foundation (JCCF) is not about to let the Coronavirus negatively impact their organization.

Forced to cancel their annual spring "gala" this year because of the virus, the nonprofit didn't give up. The annual event helps fund the Foundation's all-important operating expenses, so it was especially vital that some kind of revenue-generating alternative be put in place.

The gala committee went to work and used some creative thinking to come up with the unique solution to hold the fundraiser on-line.

Starting Monday, July 13, the "Diamond & Ice" 2020 JCCF Gala Auction will be available. All items donated will be listed once you register on your phone and/or computer.

"Any and all are welcome to register," says Joanie Van Horn, JCCF director. "This year we have a great variety of prizes,and have had really nice support from donors."

The director also singled out board member Jessi Hill Yardborough for her help in the auction as "She worked really hard to get items."

The silent auction includes something for everyone - gift certificates, vacation rentals, Disney World tickets, unique furniture, home decor, liquor, and even tools.

By registering you can also bid to participate in the "Mystery Game," where this year you choose a silver or gold baby deer you believe holds a cash prize. Each of the small deers is being named by Terri and Bridget Doran, who are also giving each a personality profile. For example, the first one the mother-daughter team came up with is "Goldie Fawn."

It's simple to participate: Text jccfgala to 76278. Reply to the text messages immediately received and presto! You're a bidder before you know it.

Once registered, you can scroll down and see everything on the auction. If you want more info or a closer view of a particular item, you just click.

"I'm excited," said Joanie, about the auction. "It's a different year. I felt defeated at first, but it (canceling the event) was for the best."

"We'll be back in 2021!"






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