The Junction City Family YMCA’s 39th annual auction was recently revealed to have exceeded its stated goal of $35,000, according to Director Ted Hayden.

He said he didn’t know the final total for the auction yet, but would release the full amount when more information was available.

“For the state of the economy in Junction City, I was pleased,” he said.

According to Hayden, the auction, which took place Nov. 21, took a different turn this year than in previous ones.

The event was geared more toward cash donations from attendees than big-ticket auction items, he said. According to Hayden, this helped rather than hurt the fundraiser.

“Dollars and cents-wise, it was more successful,” he said.

About 180 total donations were made during the evening, Hayden said.

“We had a full house,” he said. “We had 150 chairs and tables set up and we had to hurry up and clear another table that we had auction items on to accommodate one family.”

He believes about 160 to 165 people attended.

A portion of the money raised will go toward upkeep for the building at 1703 McFarland Rd, Hayden said, and part of the funds gained at the yearly fundraiser will go toward providing scholarships for members of the Junction City High School swim team.

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