SCHOLARSHIP AUCTION: Columbia City Rotarians, community raise $21,000

COLUMBIA CITY – Col-umbia City Rotarians hosted 120 bidders at its annual scholarship auction Saturday night at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center, raising more than $21,000 at the Hawaiian-themed banquet.The top single purchase of the evening was a week of leisure at a condominium in Naples, Fla., provided by Don Armstrong. Candice and Barry Yeakle were top bidders for the get-away.Rotarians, businesses and members of the community donated more than 100 items auctioned off via silent and active auction. Items ranged from tickets and certificates to several high-end items that brought over $800-$1,000 each.Rex Schrader and his team of Steve Richcraft, Dean Warren and Phil Wolfe provided the auction service.Auctioneer/ringman Phil Wolfe, a life-long resident of Whitley County and auctioneer with Metzger Auction, of North Manchester, provided a special surprise donation to the event when he decided to auction off his braided ponytail that he said he had not cut “for 25 years.” The idea for the surprise auction item germinated during the event.Wolfe auctioned off the snipping of his ponytail to the highest bidder, which was former Judge Mike Rush’s table of guests, whose combined bid was $800. The winning bidders de-ferred to Wolfe’s wife, Erika, to actually cut her husband’s 24-inch long ponytail. Wolfe said he will donate the hair to Locks of Love, a charity that provides hair for children undergoing cancer treatment, thereby helping two charities with one snip.