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COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Col-umbia City Rotarians hosted 120 bidders at its annual scholarship auction Saturday night at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center, raising more than $21,000 at the Hawaiian-themed banquet.
The top single purchase of the evening was a week of leisure at a condominium in Naples, Fla., provided by Don Armstrong. Candice and Barry Yeakle were top bidders for the get-away.
Rotarians, businesses and members of the community donated more than 100 items auctioned off via silent and active auction. Items ranged from tickets and certificates to several high-end items that brought over $800-$1,000 each.
Rex Schrader and his team of Steve Richcraft, Dean Warren and Phil Wolfe provided the auction service.
Auctioneer/ringman Phil Wolfe, a life-long resident of Whitley County and auctioneer with Metzger Auction, of North Manchester, provided a special surprise donation to the event when he decided to auction off his braided ponytail that he said he had not cut â€śfor 25 years.â€ť
The idea for the surprise auction item germinated during the event.
Wolfe auctioned off the snipping of his ponytail to the highest bidder, which was former Judge Mike Rushâ€™s table of guests, whose combined bid was $800.
The winning bidders de-ferred to Wolfeâ€™s wife, Erika, to actually cut her husbandâ€™s 24-inch long ponytail.
Wolfe said he will donate the hair to Locks of Love, a charity that provides hair for children undergoing cancer treatment, thereby helping two charities with one snip.