Central Valley Celebrates Dinner Auction Blessings

June 21, 2017 | Mike La Sage

Central Valley Christian School (CVCS) in Tangent, Ore., hosted its first off-site dinner and fundraising auction on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Funds were targeted for updated technology in classrooms and around the school. Central Valley hopes to incorporate more digitally based instruction and learning, as well as to partner with remote organizations to bring more outside learning and applications into classrooms. This desire seeks to emphasize the current Oregon Conference priority for classroom instruction of project-based learning.

​Close to 100 supporters from Central Valley’s constituent communities in Lebanon, Corvallis, Sweet Home and Albany made their way to the idyllic Yellow Gold Farm in Lebanon for a magical evening. CVCS staff decorated the barn’s charming interior with tulips as centerpieces on each of the 13 tables, and the farm's hosts strung soft lighting around the room’s perimeter. Through the windows, supporters admired the beautifully landscaped grounds and country setting as the afternoon melted into evening.

Gale Crosby, Oregon Conference education superintendent, served as official auctioneer for the evening, ensuring everyone remained engaged and entertained. After all silent and live auction items found a home, more than $12,000 was raised to help Central Valley continue educating students with the highest quality possible.

Ultimately the evening was about much more than raising money. It was about honoring God and supporting the ministry that is Central Valley Christian School. Each of the attendees — through their bids, their contributions, their prayers or their attendance — offered a remarkable gift of support and encouragement. For a first off-site dinner and auction, it could not have provided a more beautiful community spirit nor a more touching reflection of godliness.