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Officers’ Spouses Club auction raises more than $16,000 for scholarships

By Joycelyn Biggs | | February 21, 2014

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Numbers were yelled to the crowd as bidders waved their number in the air hoping to secure a winning bid Saturday at Doublegate Country Club. Others quietly tipped into an adjacent room to peek at the last bid on items displayed for the silent auction.

The Officers’ Spouses Club held its annual auction to raise scholarship funds for children of retired and active-duty service members.

The event raised more than $16,000, according to Betsy Cisek, auction co-chair, OSC, and military spouse.

The money raised from the auction goes right back into the community in the form of grants, she said.

In addition to funds raised for the scholarships, OSC provides grants to other non-profit organizations in the local Albany area.  In 2013, seven non-profit organizations received grants from OSC including Habitat for Humanity and Boy Scouts, Cisek said.

“Our primary focus is to provide an opportunity for military spouses to meet one another and interact; however, we are more than that,” she said. “Equally as important, we want to provide an opportunity for our spouses to engage with the Albany community.”

The auction is an event which allows OSC to interact with the local community, she said.

The event was open to the public and many items auctioned were donated from local businesses.

Items donated varied. Everything from resort vacations to quail hunting, massage and jewelry gift certificates were auctioned.

Chris McCarty, a local Albany resident, won at least two bids. He said this was his first time attending the auction, but it definitely will not be his last.

“This is great!” McCarty said. “I wanted to come out and show my support because this is a great cause.”

According to Cisek, the auction was a win-win event.

She explained local businesses donate many of the auctioned items. People at times bid on items from businesses they have never visited before. From that, the business could gain a new customer.

“We want everyone to know every dollar donated is put back into the community,” Cisek said. “We do not take a salary. The staff and elected officers in OSC all work on a volunteer basis.”

For more information about the OSC, visit the website, http://usmcoscalbanyga.webs.com/contact-us.
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