Dollars for Scholars

2018 FILE PHOTO — Silent auction bidders peruse the offerings at Dollars for Scholars in 2018.

The 25th annual Yelm Dollars for Scholars auction is set for Saturday, March 7, and will be hosted at Yelm High School. The fundraising event will benefit merit-based scholarships for the high school’s class of 2020. 

Last year, approximately 115 Yelm seniors benefited from more than $161,000 in scholarships. Supporters and organizers are hoping to exceed that number this year to continue to help fund students’ dreams of higher education. 

Doors and the silent auction will open at 4 p.m. on March 7. Bidding for silent auction will beigin closing at 5:45 p.m. and the auction will be open through 6:30. 

Bidding for the live auction will begin at 6:45 p.m. 

Checkout for the silent auction starts at 7 p.m. and checkout for the live auction will begin at 8:45 p.m. 

More than $31,000-worth of items will be auctioned off at this year’s event. Items and prizes include vacation packages, tickets to Seattle Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games, golf packages, hay bales, trees and vegetable plants, home furnishings and plenty of gift certificates. 

Andrew Kollar, Yelm Community Schools’ community relations coordinator, said the event has come a long way since its origins 25 years ago. Back then, in 1995, the organization raised $1,700 and awarded seven scholarships. 

A Yelm High School graduate, Kollar said he was a recipient of a Dollars for Scholars scholarship and received enough to help pay for his second quarter at Sound Puget Sound Community College. 

“I worked through a lot of high school and through college. Getting that quarter paid for took a huge weight off my shoulders and it helped me get through the first two years of college debt-free,” he said. 

The committee is still working on which items will be showcased in the silent and live auction showcases. 

Varsity Pizza will cater the event, and there will be a snack bar. Dan Schorno will be the night’s auctioneer. Superintendent Brian Wharton will read the descriptions of each item, Kollar said.  

One of the more luxurious prizes is a vacation package to Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The package was donated by Pamela Ferris of Edward Jones. The prize is worth close to $1,700. 

“We couldn’t do this without any of the amazing businesses,” Kollar said. 

There are some unique items, too. 

Yelm Habitat for Humanity donated an eight-point mule deer mount named “Hugh” that will be auctioned off. 

The unverified story goes that Hugh began his second life on display at a local bar in Rainier. He was stolen by a drunken patron one night, but was returned the next morning. 

Hugh stood over the bar for years before being donated to the Yelm store. 

“At the Habitat store, we groomed and dusted Hugh’s silky fur, proudly displaying him to inspire our lovely customers and employees,” the description for the mount says. 

Last Thursday, Feb. 20, Varsity Pizza held a fundraiser to benefit Dollars for Scholars, with 20 percent of all sales being donated to the effort. 

Yelm Dollars for Scholars is still accepting donated items for the silent auction. 

For more information, contact Kollar at 360-458-6106. 

This story has been updated with corrected times for the event on March 7. Previously published times were taken from the event's Facebook page, which Yelm Dollars for Scholars told us were incorrect.

We apologize for this misunderstanding. 

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