Silent auction for park renovation

Collister Park Playground, Ogallala
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 6:54 PM CDT
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Ogallala, Neb. (KNOP) - If you have always wanted a football signed by Heisman Trophy winners, then you might want to get your bids in now for a silent auction. Taking place Tuesday through Sunday at Wolf Auto in Ogallala, the auction may be more unique than any other you have seen.

The Unity Project has been raising money since 2019 to renovate the Collister Park Playground in Ogallala. According to organizers, the funds will help give the community a more inclusive park. The playground will serve kids from a wide variety of ages and abilities. Along with this playground, a splash pad will also be constructed allowing the kids to have plenty of fun in the water while also helping children build motor and social skills.

Marketing Coordinator Lorena Beckius said, “It’s a handicap all-inclusive park and the nice thing is there’s gonna be a spinner where they can actually go in there and just play with any kid. There’s gonna be a swing there’s gonna be some music instruments too”.

For those who do not live in the area, there’s also a Facebook Page where you can bid on auction items.

For September, if anyone schedules their first visit at Vitality Chiropractic, the office is donating all proceeds of first-consults at a total of $100 each to the Collister Park Renovation. Also, Valentino’s has their buffet open by free will donation on September 15th to support this cause. This is the first time the Unity Project as brought all of the service organizations together to make a bigger impact in the community. They are the Rotary Kiwanis, Lions, Elks, Optimist Club, Keith County Foundation and the City.

This is a $400,000 project, but The Unity Project has already raised $260,000 leaving them with about $140,000 more to raise by March 2021.

The auction closes Sunday, September 6th at 10 p.m., however, if you would like to submit any donations you can make out a check to KCFF or OPSF with the memo “splashpad” and mail it to 501 West 1st Street in Ogallala.

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