F.A.C.E.S. auction raises $27,500 for foster children

Officials with Families and Children Experiencing Separation (F.A.C.E.S.) of Morgan County deemed the 13th annual Christmas Open House and Silent Auction a success after the Monday night fundraiser collected $27,500.

Julie Murphy with F.A.C.E.S. said they had more than 150 registered bidders and more than 300 attendees at the event, which was held at Sedona Steakhouse.

“It was a great night for our organization,” Murphy said. “That’s slightly down from $27,600 last year, but we still have some donations out there. So we could break last year’s total before all of the donations are in.”

In addition to the large crowd, Murphy said F.A.C.E.S. also saw an increase in corporate sponsorships. While the fundraisers have been down during the recent economic conditions, she has been overwhelmed at the support it continues to get each year.

“I think we’re doing well considering the current economic conditions,” Murphy said. “We’ve had fewer corporate sponsorships in the last few years, but it started coming back up this year. Our highest total is $33,600, so we’re not too far off of that.”

F.A.C.E.S. of Morgan County raises money to help meet the needs of the foster children in Morgan County. Murphy said the organization helps provide the children with funds for clothing, extra curricular activities, field trips and much more.

“The state doesn’t provide any funding for clothing, school field trips – anything that helps enhance the lives of children,” Murphy said. “We have so little overhead that about 98 or 99 percent of the money we raised last night will go to help the children.

“We’ve even seen some parents want to be foster parents because of F.A.C.E.S.,” she added. “We just appreciate everyone’s help in making this event a success.”

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