Cabin Fever Reliever raises $3,000 for heritage society

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:54 PM
Auctioneer Ron Dunavant cajoles the crowd to make one more bid on Saturday. Pies at the event sold for an average of $42.
Checking out the pies and a few cakes available for auction is one of the fun aspects of the annual event, organized by the Pine River Valley Heritage Society.
Joel Racheff entertains the crowd at Saturday night's Cabin Fever Reliever, benefitting the Pine River Valley Heritage Society.

Any way you slice it, the annual pie auction fundraiser was a sweet success for the Pine River Valley Heritage Society.

More than 100 people attended the annual Cabin Fever Reliever on Feb. 25 at the Church of Christ. Despite the boys basketball league championship game underway at the same time, the evening raked up nearly $3,000 in gross contributions, according to Tony Schrier, the society's treasurer.

During a free dinner of chili and soups, Joel Racheff of Bar D Wrangler fame entertained the crowd with an assortment of sing-a-long songs. Then ace auctioneer Ron Dunavant, his bookkeeping wife, Janice, and the La Plata County Fair royalty got down to business.

More than 50 home-baked pies and breads sold for an average bid of $43. And for those who couldn't wait, 80 slices of pie were sold on the spot for $2 each. The Heritage Society wants to thanks everyone who helped out, including the Dunavants for the auction, Dan Dvojack for manning the front desk and the women working in the kitchen, the serving line and cleanup brigade: Melody Semler, Anne Schrier, Anne Rudolph, Joanne McCoy, Sharon Hickman, Tracy Hardwood, Edith Balceris and Cecelia Smith.

The event set a record for contributions, thanks to some new, non-pie raffle items, including a space heater donated by Amerigas and tickets for the Durango-Silverton Railroad and the Bar D Wranglers. Proceeds from the auction will help operate the Bayfield history museum on Mill Street, which is completely volunteer run and open from June through September.