Auction raises funds for shelter


MIO — Lydia’s Gate held its first-ever Spring Fling Auction at the McGregor Athletic Complex April 28 to raise funds for the services the homeless shelter provides.

The live auction featured everything from furniture to sports tickets to a variety of gift baskets. Auctioneer Matthew Tuttle of Let’s Talk Auction, which also featured games like Plinko, a silent auction and food and beverages.

Previously Lydia’s Gate had held galas to raise funds for the shelter, but decided to make it a more casual event once it became more popular.

“It just became a lot even though it was always very fun,” president Anita Bills said previously. “It got bigger every year.”

Lydia’s Gate is a nonprofit homeless shelter for women and children, which was founded in 2011 by Anita Bills. The home, which was built in 1928 and is one of the oldest in Oscoda County, was opened in 2012.


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