top story Community raises about $50K at 69th annual Melba auction By ALX STEVENS firstname.lastname@example.org Jan 24, 2018 (…) Facebook Twitter Email × Tired of seeing surveys on articles? If you are a subscriber, simply log in or Subscribe now! Buy Now Hundreds gather for the 69th annual Melba Community Auction Saturday, Jan. 20 in the high school gym. ALX STEVENS/KUNA MELBA NEWS Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now Hannah Moos, front, and Keylee Wilson serve homemade turkey soup and dinner rolls to Melba Community Auction attendees. ALX STEVENS/KUNA MELBA NEWS Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now Award-winning pies are displayed on a table at the 69th annual Melba Community Auction. ALX STEVENS/KUNA MELBA NEWS Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now An auctioneer speaks Saturday, Jan. 20 at the 69th annual Melba Community Auction. ALX STEVENS Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now Anneliese Helm, front, and Tinsley Christensen help a customer purchase homemade treats at the Melba Community Auction. Proceeds benefitted the Melba High School senior class. ALX STEVENS/KUNA MELBA NEWS Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now Wyatt Hansen, left, and Quincie Hayfin pose for a picture at the Melba Community Auction. Quincie helped staff the scone table and was responsible for money transactions. ALX STEVENS/KUNA MELBA NEWS Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Buy Now Renee Hill, left, and Kena Eckhaiser help set up homemade pies at the community auction. Renee Hill is a third-generation pie baker of the family that started the tradition of offering homemade pies at the auction. ALX STEVENS/KUNA MELBA NEWS Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Centered in the Melba High School gym was a podium, where auctioneers stood ready. Surrounding the podium were handmade quilts, homemade pies, children’s bikes, decorated plates, feed bags, car repair kits and much more.Close to 400 people attended Melba’s 69th annual Community Auction on Saturday, Jan. 20.Proceeds from the auction give aid to those in need with medical costs as well as contributing to Melba Little League insurance, FCCLA and FFA costs for trips, the Melba Senior Center and the Melba High School senior class drug free senior party. Contributions are also made to Ronald McDonald House, Mercy Hospice, Life Flight and veterans programs, to name just a few.This year’s auction raised around $50,000, according to Jana Moore, a Melba Community Auction committee member.“I think the community was phenomenal,” Moore said, speaking on behalf of the committee. “Our auctioneers were great. Our volunteers were awesome. There was a lot of support this year and it felt good.”Upon entering the gym, to the right of the doors were tables with buckets, where event attendees could fill out raffle tickets for cuts of meat. Elementary school classes competed to sell the most tickets.Nearby stood Melba students manning a table of homemade treats. Proceeds benefited the Melba High School senior class.To the left of the doors were volunteers distributing bidding numbers.Next door, students offered soda, and next to them were third- and fourth-generation pie bakers offering slices of homemade pie. Traditional handmade quilts were displayed next to them.If you’re a first-time auction attendee, residents recommend you try the traditional, homemade turkey soup, complemented with potato salad and a dinner roll.Moore said she wants to emphasize how appreciative the Melba Community Auction committee is of the community’s support, this year and every year. Moore added she wanted to give a special shout-out to the committee, and especially Edith Pease, the secretary, and Megan Volkers. Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or email@example.com. 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