The Odessa Record -

Winetasting, brew sampling, auctions help OMHC


--Photos for The Record by Terrie Schmidt-Crosby.

Auctioneer Jacob Barth keeps the bidding lively as he works the crowd.

Friday's winetasting, microbrew sampling and auctions drew the usual large crowd to the community center, as the medical community and the residents of Odessa came together to raise funds for the purchase of two special items. One is an emergency room equipment package that will facilitate diagnostic procedures for patients with limited mobility due to their injuries or illness. The second item is a special chair for use in the Odessa Clinic that will allow practitioners to perform procedures also on patients with mobility issues. Rather than moving the patient, the chair is moved to reposition the patient so that the needed procedure can be performed.

Carol Schott receives special recognition and a gift from Lecia Fink and Nancy Floether, of the Odessa Healthcare Foundation at Friday's winetasting event in the Odessa Community Center.

The crowd responded well, visiting the three silent auction tables repeatedly to see whether their bids remained active and also bidding up rivals for the items in the live auction. Announcers Clark Kagele and Rich Ervin described many of the items in both auctions, prompting folks to raise their bids. When the live auction began, auctioneer Jacob Barth of Yarbro Auctioneers kept the action moving forward until all the items were sold.

Members of the Odessa Healthcare Foundation did their usual stellar job of organizaing the event, with help from many community volunteers.


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