Co-Chairs Vicky Markussen and Linda Hagen Miller would like to thank everyone who supported Into Africa, and we want to say a special asante sana to:
Our silent auction, virtual wizard and videographer, Andie Young, who managed to navigate with grace and patience as she set up the Auctria software and made the dozens of changes we requested.
Lee Fowler, P4P part time administrative assistant, organizer extraordinaire, creator of lists and spreadsheets, newsletter and eblast graphic designer. She is a talented, organized woman who assisted with all the nuts and bolts for the event.
Dia Maurer, P4P Executive Director. How this woman maintained her sanity, diplomacy and tact during the chaos of a steep learning curve and new fundraising platform in addition to her normal responsibilities, is beyond astounding. As always, she helped steer the virtual auction to success.
Annie Gokey, who has been on the auction committee for years, once again took over data input. All the while juggling a full-time job and small children in the midst of a pandemic.
Rose Backs, who served as our auctioneer, is a professional who knows how to work a crowd, but she’s also compassionate, curious and thoughtful. She took the time to learn about P4P, to incorporate our key words and messages in her script, and to understand our mission. She even asked what color she should wear for the event.
David, Rose's assistant, who handled all the crucial, technical aspects and kept the chat room going with fun comments and his exuberant personality.
Gordon Jackson, Stacey Mainer, Sandy Ivers, Dia Maurer, Nereah Obura and Robert Masaga for their welcoming, heartfelt video contributions.
Eileen Dugger and Patti Krafft -- what a team. The two of them procured amazing auction items, attended almost every auction meeting, stored and sorted items and gathered numerous gift certificates. Their time and efforts truly paid off.
Mark Kartchner, Stacey Mainer, Eileen Dugger, Patti Krafft, Pam Reilly, Annie Gokey, Megan Hershey, Dia Maurer and Lee Fowler who texted or called P4P supporters to urge them to bid, attend, donate and otherwise support P4P.
Jasmine Albinson and Linda Jones of Desautel Hege who donated their time and talents to creating the graphic design elements that we used throughout the auction.
Eryn Brooks, whose short video created a couple of years ago, fit perfectly into the program.
Everyone who created a basket or procured auction items and all the businesses who generously lent their support.
Our very own "UPS team", volunteers who drove all over the county and crossed the state line to deliver auction items to winners. Big thanks to Eileen Dugger and Dia Maurer, who organized the group and made deliveries themselves, plus Stacey Mainer, Patti Krafft, Nancy Englund, Gordon Jackson and Kay Ely.
And last, but certainly not least, our sponsors. Without their generous underwriting, Into Africa Auction would not have been nearly as successful.
Vicky Markussen and Linda Hagen Miller