Minot Area Chamber of Commerce

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raIn its previous 27 years, the annual Military Affairs Committee Prairie Warrior Competition has raised a half a million dollars.  The funds support many base organizations and functions designed to improve the morale of the men and women stationed at Minot AFB.  This includes expenses incurred by competition teams, squadron activities and annual awards banquets.  Funds also go to the Thanksgiving baskets project during the holiday season and Operation Warm heart, a program for families in need. 

The 28th annual auction, set for Saturday, March 22, will be held in the Holiday Inn in Minot with a preview of auction merchandise beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The live auction, with auctioneer John Bearman, will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served and there is a $25 charge at the door.

Each year the event raises thousands of dollars to help with the expenses for Minot Air Force Base competitions.  Last year the aution raised about $33,000 for MAFB, said Betty Fedorchak, Auction Chair.

Every year, donations by area businesses and individuals make this event successful.  Donations to the annual auction in past years have included restaurant certificates, baskets filled with a variety of items, season passes for golf, hotel stays, diamond jewelry, special clocks, outdoor cooking items, Norsk Hostfest and ND State Fair tickets, Roosevelt Park Zoo passes, Minot Family YMCA memberships, special dinners, specially baked and decorated cakes, sports apparel, furniture and military memorabilia and artwork along with other types of artwork and photography.

Items donated can be serious, humorous, unusual, imaginative or creative, Fedorchak said.  She said any special instructions or information about the items, such as historical significance, should be included if applicable as the information may increase the items' value during bidding.  If an item isan intangible gift such as a service or membership, a certificate or letter from the donor or business must be included.

Contact Betty for more information at 838-- 6680.  Lot Col Darrin Morgan is the on base liaison for the auction.  Or call e Chamber at 852-6000.
701.852.6000 1020 20th Ave Sw, Minot, ND 58701
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