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Cake and Pie Auction raises more than $3,000

Morgan Harper models the sweets at the Cake and Pie Auction at Family Fun Days on Thursday.

Morgan Harper models the sweets at the Cake and Pie Auction at Family Fun Days on Thursday.

COAL GROVE — The weather cooled and people came out in droves for the final night of Family Fun Days at Paul Porter Park.

The Coal Grove Betterment Club organizes the event and the annual Cake and Pie Auction fundraiser on Thursday saw many people leave the park with arms full of sweets and a lighter wallet.

The auction raised $3,010 by auctioning 18 cakes and pies and is one of the Betterment Club’s larger fundraisers. Last year the auction raised only $1,800, down some from the average of between $2,800 and $3,200, said Betterment Club member Carol Gool.

“I’m very happy with what we raised,” Gool said. “We couldn’t do this without the support of our local businesses and politicians and we appreciate it a great deal.”

Deanna Holliday of Holliday’s Quick Stop on State Route 243 in Ironton and member of the Dawson-Bryant Board of Education set a record by paying $400 for a banana split cake made by Gool.

“People have been very supportive throughout the years,” Gool said. “(The Betterment Club) uses this money to do things like decorate (Paul Porter Park) for Christmas and partner with the Coal Grove Lions for Breakfast with Santa.”

Decorating the Village of Coal Grove for Christmas is also a task handled by the Betterment Club.

Bob Sells took on the auctioneer duties with the help of Morgan Harper and Benny Call.

Another Betterment Club fundraising effort during Family Fun Days is the Chinese auction where nearly 150 donated gift baskets were handed out.

For $1 per draw, children and adults waited in line to try their luck for a gift basket at the Chinese auction booth.