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Ames Laboratory's Benefit Auction Raises $3,700 For Two Local Charities

For release: Dec. 15, 2009

Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Public Affairs, 515-294-9750


AMES, Iowa—U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory employees raised more than $3,700 for two local charities at Ames Laboratory's annual benefit auction on Dec. 4. Story County Winter Weatherization Challenge and Bethesda Community Food Pantry will share the auction proceeds.

Since its inception in 2003, Ames Laboratory's benefit auctions have raised a total of $21,000 to support local charity organizations.

One of this year's beneficiaries, Story County Winter Weatherization Challenge, organizes teams of volunteers that help low-income, elderly and disabled Story County residents prepare their homes for cold weather. In 2009, more than 153 volunteers, including three teams of Ames Laboratory employees, weatherized 53 homes. The other beneficiary, Bethesda Community Food Pantry, provides food to thousands of families each year. Ames Laboratory's donation will help the pantry buy approximately 13,000 pounds of food.

Items up for bid at the auction were donated by Ames Laboratory employees and the following businesses: 3M, Ames Golf and Country Club, Ames Racquet and Fitness, Ames Silversmithing, Bike World, Cook's Emporium, Country Inn and Suites, Dogtown University, Field of Swings, Flowerama, Gallery 319, Ge-Angelo's Italian Restaurant, Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company, Hickory Park Restaurant Co., Hobby Lobby, Hy-Vee, Jax Mercantile Co., Lucallan's Italian Grill, Nature's Touch Jewelry, Rejuvenate! Massage and Bodywork, Riddle's Jewelry, Shoppes on Grand, Skunk River Cycles, Theisens, Waters Winery, Walmart, and Wild Birds Unlimited.

Ames Laboratory Public Affairs manager Steve Karsjen (left) presents Roy and Pat Hougen, Bethesda Community Food Pantry coordinators, with proceeds from Ames Laboratory's Holiday Auction. Half of the money raised at the Holiday auction, about $1,700, was

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