Annual auction major fundraiser for D/SAOC

Time flies, and you don’t even have to be having fun.

But fun will come Saturday when the 18th annual Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center cake auction fills the exposition building at the Webster County Fairgrounds with cakes and gifts and hors d’oeuvres. Don’t forget the hors d’oeuvres. Dawn Farr remains in charge, so you know without tasting it’s going to be good.

Brenda McBride, program development director at D/SAOC, said it’s likely there will be more than 60 cakes with gifts on the live auction and more than 150 cakes with gifts on the silent auction.

That’s a lot of reasons to buy.

A quick note for newcomers. The cake auction pairs donated cakes and gifts, some to be sold in a silent auction, some by auctioneers R.K. Welander, of Manson, and Donovan Adson, of Vincent. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the center, which operates in eight counties and last year dealt with 3,000 victims, give or take.

The center works in Webster, Wright, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Carroll and Crawford counties, so making a lot of money is a necessity.

If you’re thinking the timing seems different for the cake auction, you’re right. McBride said Saturday was the only date available this year, but next year it will move back to the first Saturday in April.

I knew the date was changed, and marked April 20 on my calendar. Then I went to Springfield, Ill., to see my sister and left my calendar home. When I started talking about the cake auction, my mind grabbed what it knew first and I nearly croaked. Thought I’d left town without taking my donations to the center. That would have been embarrassing, at best. Had to check The Messenger’s website on Sunday, praying I wouldn’t see any report of the auction.

You never know what’s going to show up as gifts. This year there are handmade coffee tables, a bookcase and jewelry stand. Which is good because jewelry also has been donated, along with weekend getaways, quilts and baskets of all types.

I’ve been buying stuff all year for my basket, but still have to finish the tablecloth that goes with it. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that, in case I run out of time and don’t make one.

The basket will be full. It’s the cake I worry about. In the 12 years I’ve done this, I can count on one finger the number of cakes that turned out well, and that finger might have to be bent, if I were telling the truth.

I used to bake a lot, and well. Now I do neither. I don’t worry about the taste; I worry about turning the cake out onto the plate. I’ve considered buying a new pan and using that as part of the gift, leaving the cake in the pan.

That might work.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the live auction starts at 6 p.m. Show up in plenty of time to graze the food table. That’s free.

But bring plenty of money to support the cause.

So long friends, until the next time when we’re together.

Sandy Mickelson, retired lifestyle editor of The Messenger, may be reached at