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‘Gift Baskets Galore’ to help local families

— Hundreds of people are expected to gather Sunday, Oct. 16 to bid on many dozens of gift baskets while they assist a worthy cause in the region that benefits local families.

Set at the Warrensburg High School Cafetorium is the 10th annual “Gift Baskets Galore” silent auction. The event raises money for the local Operation Santa Claus, an effort spearheaded for decades by Florence LaPoint.

LaPoint is a former local elementary school teacher who ran a dance studio in town for generations.

Doors at the Gift Baskets Galore event open at 12:30 for viewing and bidding for the baskets, donated by area merchants.

The drawing of the winners will take place from 2 to 4 p.m.

Single admission is $7, with additional tickets available for $5 each. Children age 5 and over must purchase an admission ticket. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Willows Bistro on Main St. in Warrensburg, or by contacting Jean Rumble at 623-4160. Advance ticket purchase is recommended; however tickets will be available at the door.

Warrensburg's Operation Santa Claus provides clothes and food for families in need during the holiday season.

LaPoint has also silently donated various clothing and food annually to families through other charitable efforts.

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