OSCEOLA COUNTY — There’s still a little time. Very little. For those considering spending an evening at the annual Osceola County Community Foundation Dinner and Auction, it’s time to stop thinking so much and pick up some tickets. The OCCF auction is viewed as one of the biggest events on the Osceola calendar — something of a kickoff to a busy spring and summer ahead. This year the Foundation hosts its 17th annual auction and organizers are looking forward to another evening of fundraising fun and fellowship in support of a great cause. This year, for the second year running, the OCCF Dinner and Auction will be held in the Community Building at the Osceola 4-H FFA Fairgrounds. With folks gathering on Thursday, May 5, a social hour begins at 6 p.m. allowing time for guests to review the regular and silent auction items and fellowship with others. Dinner follows and the live auction will wrap up the evening’s festivities. Planners anticipate a great turnout from the Osceola community this year. During the auction, items ranging from flower arrangements to an exciting week stay at a private home on the Caribbean island St. Martin will be on the block. There also will be golf outing packages and weekend stays at resorts and hotels around the state on the block. There are other new items as well. For example, bidders may win Keith Urban concert tickets at Van Andel; tickets for the Broadway Theater play in Grand Rapids; glider plane rides out of Cadillac, fishing float trip on the P.M., Tiger baseball tickets, MSU Basketball game tickets, and more. But before you win, you have to bid. And while bidding, remember — all the money raised goes into the Foundation general fund. Every penny raised stays in Osceola County in support of the many programs the Foundation has supported and will support in the future. Last year, at the 2010 auction, close to 300 people had bolstered the OCCF General Fund by over $20,000. Foundation moneys are well used. In December last year, Foundation board members awarded over $31,000 in grants offering support to 13 individual organizational programs. In May of that same year, 2010, Osceola County Community Foundation (OCCF) Board members presented thirty (30) high school graduating seniors in Osceola County, one senior in Mecosta County, and one college student, with scholarships totaling $30,850 at their respective Award Assembly. Tickets for the Foundation’s dinner-auction can be purchased at Lake Osceola State Bank, Citizens Bank, and Holihan’s Drug Store in Evart. Anyone having a problem getting hold of tickets they can call planning committee member Larry Emig at 832-4880.