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Lily Pad auction raises thousands

ALBANY -- Caitlyn Cooper, Lily Pad director of education and advocacy, says the live and silent auctions of the Houses that Hope Built was a success for the Lily Pad with about $45,000 earned for the organization.

"This was our first year doing this (Houses that Hope Built)," she said. "We had about 550 people attend the auction at Doublegate."

Cooper said eight playhouses were built by area builders and decorated and painted by other area organizations.

"We had quite a mix," she said of the playhouse designs. "We had a chapel and a train depot. Some were girlie and some were collegiate themes, like the UGA doghouse."

Cooper said the playhouses were not the only things auctioned Thursday evening.

"We had about 200 silent auction items that people were able to bid on," she said. "For the live auction we had things like trips, a diamond necklace and a very unique dollhouse."

The most expensive playhouse sold for $4,900 and the other playhouses ranged from $2,600 to $4,000 in price.

Cooper said proceeds from the event will be used by the Lily Pad to cover the costs of services to 2,000 children in the region and for 5,000 secondary victims that rely on the Lily Pad for help.

"The fundraiser was very exciting," she said. "We will definitely be doing it bigger and better next year."

The builders for the eight playhouse were Windham Builders, Jack Daniel Garrett Construction, LRA Constructors and Artesian Contracting Company, Pellicano Construction Company, Skanska, Tim Coley Construction, Men and Women of the Moose Club and Bailey Drywall.

Cooper said other builders were already contacting the Lily Pad to see if they could participate next year.