REED CITY — Locals are invited to support Trinity Lutheran School at the annual We Care For Kids Auction on March 2 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Big Rapids.

This annual event helps financially support the school’s mission of providing Christian education in the Reed City area.  All proceeds will be directed to Trinity Lutheran School in Reed City and will help support the general fund, technology, and classroom materials.  Last year’s auction accumulated more than $13,000 and many similar items will be up for bid this year.

“We’ve had fantastic support from many businesses and individuals,” said event co-chair Becky Garvon. “Many of the organizations that supported us last year have come through again. We understand that it may be difficult to donate during this tough economic time, but every little bit helps and is truly a blessing! This is also a great way for a business to gain exposure while supporting a great cause.”

Garvon and co-chair Ronda Wallace spearheaded last year’s event and continue to work diligently to ensure another successful auction this year.

“We love our school and want to support the teachers and staff by providing financial resources for items that may not fit in the budget,” said Wallace. “We also want to raise awareness of our school so the community recognizes they have options for their children.  A Christian-based education has proven very beneficial to my children and I think other families could benefit as well. Trinity maintains a curriculum that focuses on strong academics and high moral character — a win-win for everyone.”

Vacation packages and sporting events highlight some of the many auction items available this year. There are tickets on the block for Michigan State football, University of Michigan football, as well as all four Detroit professional sports teams — Lions, Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers. Paintings, crafts and professional photography from local artists are also available.

There is a week-long vacation at a beautiful mountain chalet home near Jackson Hole, Wyo. that will be auctioned, as well as other weekend getaways and golfing opportunities.

“Last year, between the silent and regular auction, we had over 200 items that went from $1 to $1250,” Garvon said. “There truly is something for everyone.”

The cost of the tickets is $25 per person and includes a buffet dinner consisting of beef, chicken and vegetable main dishes. The cost of the ticket covers food and on-site expenses.

“We wanted to keep the costs of the tickets down as much as possible so more people can attend and have a nice evening out,” said Wallace. “It’s entertaining and a lot of fun.  Auctioneer Phil Currie and emcee Rich Saladin do a great job!”

The silent auction will start at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6 p.m. The live auction will commence at 7:30 p.m. and continue until all items have been sold.

Tickets are available in Reed City at Trinity Lutheran School or downtown at Wright’s Bakery or Dr. Amy Keller’s office.  For more information or to donate to the school, contact the school at (231) 832-5186 or wecareforkids@ymail.com.

There is also a We Care For Kids Facebook page that shows all of the items up for bid.

On Sunday, March 3, Trinity Lutheran School will be hosting an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for all prospective students and families.

“This is an exciting weekend for our school,” said Principal Sherry Prange. “God is doing great things and we want to share His love in our community.”

Trinity Lutheran Church and School is a nonprofit 501(3)c organization. The school is located at 139 W. Church Street in Reed City and is open for enrollment for all children from three-year-olds through eighth graders.