An­nual Carhartts and Caviar Weld­ing Show­case and Auc­tion con­tin­ues to im­press

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - AGRICULTUR­E - Con­trib­uted

In front of a sold out crowd, Great Plains Col­lege was thrilled to raise ap­prox­i­mately $34,000 at the eighth An­nual Carhartts & Caviar Weld­ing Show­case and Auc­tion pre­sented by S3 En­ter­prises.

From in­door and out­door fur­ni­ture pieces to cus­tom metal art, the col­lege’s weld­ing stu­dents, their in­struc­tor, alumni and lo­cal busi­nesses came to­gether to cre­ate 14 unique pieces that were auc­tioned and raf­fled off to raise money for the weld­ing pro­gram and schol­ar­ships.

“This event has be­come an im­por­tant part of our weld­ing pro­gram. It gives stu­dents a chance to prac­tice their skills by cre­at­ing some cus­tom pieces and to show­case their work to friends, fam­ily and po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers,” said Jared McKen­zie, weld­ing in­struc­tor at Great Plains Col­lege. “We are very proud that four of the pro­gram’s alumni chose to cre­ate items for the event this year, which is a great tes­ta­ment to the pro­gram and the Carhartts event when for­mer stu­dents want to pay it back.”

This year’s pieces in­cluded a farm life-themed fire pit, bar­rel/oil drum pa­tio fur­ni­ture, coat rack and bench, ro­bot lamps, rus­tic pic­nic ta­ble, home ac­cent ta­ble, retro wall art, of­fice com­puter desk, out­door pa­tio chair, rus­tic art­work, fire ta­ble and a live edge din­ing ta­ble. In ad­di­tion, two items (night stands and a mo­saic cof­fee ta­ble) were de­signed and built by the stu­dents as part of an in-class com­pe­ti­tion.

The live auc­tion of the unique items re­sulted in a to­tal of $19,750 be­ing raised dur­ing the evening. A beau­ti­ful live edge din­ing ta­ble de­signed and built by One Prairie Crafts­man and Jared McKen­zie re­ceived the high­est bid of the evening, rais­ing $3,000 for the event. The Col­lege’s Swift Cur­rent Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion pur­chased a set of beau­ti­ful pa­tio fur­ni­ture made from bar­rels and oil drums as a legacy piece. Built by Di­a­mond En­ergy, the as­sis­tance pro­vided by the Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School’s Work Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­gram stu­dents as a con­trib­u­tor to the pa­tio fur­ni­ture was rec­og­nized.

“We can’t run an event like this for eight years with­out tremen­dous sup­port from our spon­sors and the com­mu­nity,” added Dianne Slet­ten, donor ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor at Great Plains Col­lege. “We can’t thank ev­ery­one enough for con­tin­u­ing to sup­port this event and our weld­ing pro­gram year-af­ter-year.”

Great Plains Col­lege would like to again thank all of the spon­sors that made Carhartts and Caviar pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing S3 En­ter­prises who served as the Ti­tle Spon­sor. The col­lege would also like to give a spe­cial thanks to the many raf­fle spon­sors and other sup­port­ers of the evening.

Weld­ing stu­dent Josh Hughes in­di­cates a bid from an au­di­ence mem­ber dur­ing the live auc­tion. Weld­ing stu­dents and their in­struc­tor, alumni and lo­cal busi­nesses cre­ated 13 unique metal art pieces for the live auc­tion by auc­tion­eer Gordie Cameron. The live auc­tion raised $19,650 and the high­est bid of $3,000 was on a large cus­tom built din­ing ta­ble with a table­top made from a sin­gle slab of live red oak. FROM LEFT: osh Hughes, Justin Bos, Colt Cor­nel­son, Reid Hen­der­son, Josh Keller, Talon Achter, Ri­ley Hughes, Ed­ward Mellen, Lars Dokken, Ai­dan Wen­gel, Macken­zie Ly­chak, and Jared McKen­zie (in­struc­tor).

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

Some of the large live auc­tion items that were cre­ated for the weld­ing show­case on dis­play at the event. At front is the high­est priced auc­tion item, a din­ing ta­ble that fetched a price of $3,000. Be­hind it is a rus­tic pic­nic ta­ble (auc­tioned for $1,200) and a bar­be­cue fire ta­ble (auc­tioned for $2,200).

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