Auction to help build kids’ museum

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    By MICHELLE JOHNSON

    A silent auction this Saturday will benefit a proposed children’s hands-on museum in Utah County.

    Family-Friends Organization Incorporated, a local non-profit group, is working to raise funds for the museum through a variety of means.

    Raymond P. Grob, Family-Friends president, explained the three primary ways the organization raises money.

    First, funds are raised through silent auctions such as the one this Saturday. Their first auction was Oct. 10 and was quite successful both in raising funds and awareness about the project, Grob said.

    The second means of raising funds is by hosting golf activities. Grob explained that the golf events are not actual tournaments; they are meant to familiarize people with the project without a lot of pressure.

    “We just want to come out and golf and have fun,” Grob said.

    Family-Friends has already hosted one such event, and another is planned for next spring.

    Their final means of raising funds is through a five-class membership. The first of these classes, the “pioneer members,” have two divisions. Persons age 55 or older may donate $10 per year and three hours of service per week (on average). Persons younger than 55 may donate $20 per year and six hours of volunteer service per week.

    For those interested but unable to commit time, the following classes are available: supportive members, $50 per year; founder members, $1,000 per year; starlite members, $5,000 per year; and grand star members, $10,000 per year.

    Grob emphasized that the latter of these are primarily reserved for businesses and organizations.

    “We want to encourage organizations and businesses to get involved,” he said.

    Interested companies may also be able to follow the example of Taylor’s Four C’s, a construction contract cleaning company. Robert A. Taylor, owner, has agreed to donate a percentage of the income received from all sales to Family-Friends to benefit the museum project.

    The silent auction will be Saturday, weather permitting, on the front lawn of Pizza Hut on University Avenue in Provo. Bidding will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will continue until after the BYU football game.

    To donate items for the auction or to receive more information, call the organization at 801-818-4321.

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