NEOSHO, MO.---- Crowder College Foundation holds one of its biggest fundraisers of the year. Tonight was the 11th Annual Festival of Wreaths. This event raises money for scholarships to allow students to attend Crowder College. The goal was to raise between $50,000 and $60,000 at tonight's fundraiser.
Crowder officials say they surpassed that, bringing in more than $80,000. Around 400 people turned out to bid on everything from a miniature horse to a fully restored 66 Mustang, and of course the wreaths. Crowder administrators say events like this wouldn't be possible without the help of the community.
"Local buinesses decorate wreaths or donate items from their business. It may be a gift certificate or an item that they sell, and lots of businesses get involved. We really appreciate the community for what they do," said Cindy Brown, Crowder College.
Last year, the Crowder Foundation was able to provide $200,000 in scholarships thanks to events like this. One of this year's more unusual items, a miniature horse named "Medicine Man" brought in $425 at the auction.
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