D/SAOC sells sweets for a cause

One of the live auction items at the Domestic Sexual Assault Outreach Center Cake Auction Saturday evening at the Webster County Fairgrounds was so cute that Laura Eimers, of Fort Dodge had to stop and take a picture of it.

Of course, the two dachshund puppies, donated by Corner Kennels, were not for her.

“I’m looking for my daughter,” Eimers said.

It wasn’t just puppies that caught her eye. She had placed bids on almost a dozen cake and merchandise packages.

“I’ve bid on 10 things,” she said.

Eimers did stop to consider what would happen if she were to win all of them.

“I’d be broke,” she said.

Brenda McBride, D/SAOC program director, has been busy planning the evening’s event. She said there were about 300 cakes donated for the 18th annual event.

“It’s more than we’ve ever had,” McBride said.

D/SAOC provides services and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence. McBride said that 100 percent of the proceeds from the Cake Auction go into their general fund to allow them to continue providing services.

She credits those who helped.

“It takes a huge team of people to make this happen,” she said.

Kirk and Deb Russell, of Fort Dodge, said they attend the event every year. This year, Deb Russell helped with preparing a basket from the Daybreak Rotary Club.

Kirk Russell had a different job for the evening as the pair looked over the cakes.

“I just follow her around,” he said. “I’m her ATM.”