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Arlington Kiwanis auction raises funds for scholarships
ARLINGTON — Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson never saw it coming. And when she did, she was nearly speechless. The Arlington Kiwanis dedicated a scholarship in her name during its live auction Monday, July 4, at Haller Field.
The $2,000 scholarship will go toward students at Arlington High School. Larson also received a United States flag given to her by Congressman Rick Larsen.
“I had no idea about any of this,” said Mayor Margaret Larson. “The scholarship is an amazing contribution that we can make for our children. This is a unique community. We are close to everyone and you can tell that by just looking around. This is an amazing turnout and the weather couldn’t be better.”
Once the live auction started, a crowd of nearly 70 people jumped in with their white bidding paddles, looking to snag just about anything. After all, the proceeds will go toward education programs throughout the Arlington School District.
“I am not looking for a bargain,” Snohomish County resident Liz Graham said. “I am a retired teacher so I know the importance of raising money for our children. I brought my checkbook so I am ready to spend some money.”
A refurbished office desk garnered the biggest bid of $450. A wind glider went for $400 and four tickets to a Seattle Mariners’ game, including a parking pass went for just $125. Other items for bid included a trip to Lake Chelan, Ellensberg and greens fees for Gleneagle and Kayak golf courses.
“You can’t go to an auction and not bid for a round of golf,” Buddy Sherman said. “I got out bid, but that’s okay I am going to play tomorrow anyway.”