2020 ANC Online Auction: Final Bidding -Auction Closes 7 p.m. Tonight

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By now I hope you’re aware of the 2020 ANC Carr Fire Scholarship Fund online auction. I wrote about it recently, and you may have noticed the site flooded with nearly 30 posts of each auction item. (Click here for ANC Carr Fire Scholarship back story.) 

After Friday, ANC will return to business as usual, but until then, our top priority is raising money for the ANC Carr Fire Scholarship Fund through this annual online auction.

I’m not going to write like one of those annoying recipes that goes on and on for 20,000 words before it gets to the recipe. I know why you’re here, so let’s get to it. I’m as excited as you are to begin. In fact, I have my eye on a few things already. (It helps that almost everything – except the jewelry – is displayed in my living room.)

First, a little housekeeping.

Below you’ll see a list of all the auction items. Each one has its own post (thank you, ANC admin assistant Barbara Rice). To bid, just click on the item that interests you, and then write your bid in the comments section.

We’ve not posted minimum bid raises, because we trust you to be reasonable.

The auction closes promptly at 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 9.

As with last year’s auction, we think there’s something here to appeal to just about everyone, such as one of my coffee cakes, which someone could win for as little as $20.

But, we also have some stunning, high-caliber exclusive items, too, such as this incredible pendant created by the supremely talented Janine Hall, specifically for the second annual ANC Carr Fire Scholarship auction, valued at more than $1,500.


We hope you’ll participate, and join in the fun for this great cause of granting scholarships to the selected graduating high school seniors who lost homes in the Carr Fire.

A list of the auction winners will be published on Fri. Jan. 10; which also is the date of the reception for the donors and highest bidders, which will be a lovely evening of conversation, beverages and some snacks. But mainly, the reception is a time for the bidders to pay for and receive their winning items, and for the donors and bidders to meet one another.

Of course, we know there will be those who cannot attend the Friday-night reception, such as those who live outside the area, who need their auction items mailed to them (such as last year, to ANC subscriber Karen Bennett, to whom we mailed the gorgeous and very popular Karen Field-crocheted afghan). We will make arrangements for delivery to those who cannot attend the reception.

I’m doing it, aren’t I – going on too long? Sorry.

One final thing: We’ve already received a generous donation of $500 from a longtime, very loyal and wonderful but bashful family. (Thank you!) For those who’d like to contribute to the Carr Fire Scholarship Fund but don’t wish to bid on any items, you may write a check to ANC Carr Fire Scholarship Fund, mailed c/o A News Cafe, P.O. Box 990644, Rdg., CA 96099. Click here to make a donation to the ANC Carr Fire Scholarship Fund.

Before I release you to the bidding, please join me in thanking all the generous donors who’ve made this auction possible. Thank you!

And please accept the deepest, most sincere gratitude, on behalf of myself, everyone at ANC, but most of all, those graduating high school students who lost homes in the Carr Fire, and who may receive a 2020 ANC Carr Fire Scholarship. Thank YOU for bidding, dear readers.

Best of luck! On your marks, get set, bid!

(P.S. The easiest way to see all the items and their photos is to scroll down the home page and look for the Carr Fire Auction section that contains all the donations, so you can see at a glance if new comments – bids – have been added.) 


Backyard Urban Farm Gift Basket by Shelly Shively (A)

Backyard Urban Farm Gift Basket by Shelly Shively (B)

“Banksquiat” print by Monique Nikki Cassells

Carr Fire Felted Phoenix by Paul Jones of Phoenix Glass – Deb Segelitz

Carr Fire Glass Phoenix by Welsh Artist Paul Jones – Eleanor Townsend/Deb Segelitz

Canada Goose Photograph by Jon Lewis

Chandelier Crystal Necklace/Earrings by Kimberly Bonéy/HerStory Vintage

“Classic Relaxation” print by Monique Nikki Cassells

Clear Creek Soap Company Gift Basket by  Roberta Busher

Consultation with Interior Re-Designer Shelly Shively

Doni & Joe’s Romantic Valentine’s Dinner for 8 in Doni’s Home

Doni’s Famous Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Cake No. 1)

Doni’s Famous Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Cake No. 2)

Fire Agate and Diamond Pendant by Janine Hall

Four Photo Canvases by Matt Grigsby

Garden Markers by  Lynda Burkhalter

Hand-Crocheted Afghan by Karen Field

Hand Thrown Stoneware Jar by Joanne Snyder

John Lee Hooker” print by Monique Nikki Cassells

“Let it Go” print by Monique Nikki Cassells

Murano Vase – Candace Constans-Corbin

“Native Soul” print by Monique Nikki Cassells

Raku Bowl – Candace Constans-Corbin (A)

Raku Bowl – Candace Constans-Corbin (B)

“Retro Primitiva Kolekto” print by Monique Cassells

Taste of Redding – 2 Tickets by Redding West Rotary

“The View From the Trail” Watercolor by Erin Friedman

Wood-and-metal Coat & Hat Hanger – J’Anna Jacoby

“Willow Walk” Pastel by Patricia Cook

Wintu Audubon Society Guided Birding Trip to Sacramento Wildlife Refuge 

1860-Machine Made Phoenix-Adorned Whisk Broom – by Beverly Stafford


Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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21 Responses

  1. Don’t mind me, but I’m going to leave comments in some of the posts to make sure everything is working. So excited! Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!

  2. Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

    I’m so excited to see how this year’s auction will progress! And I wish I could bid on your cakes… but they would never get here still edible. I will have to watch from across the sea and be filled with friendly envy 🙂

    • Oh, Deb, I wish you were here to bid, too! After all, you’re the reason we have this auction. Maybe I can try mailing an experimental coffee cake to Scotland. (I’ve sent them from Montana to Montreal, both with good results.)

      • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

        Please don’t risk it, Doni – things take anywhere from four days to three weeks to reach us from the US. There’s never a way to know how long it will be, and I would hate for a good cake to go to waste :-).

  3. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    My regret is that Deb won’t be at the reception. We’ll raise a glass to you, Deb!

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      They (whoever ‘they’ are) really need to make real-life versions of Star Trek transporters!

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        Hey! I “got a ” idea. Let’s take a small portion of the auction funds and send our beloved ANC owner/publisher to Scotland hand carrying one “a them” coffee cakes!

        • Uh, Beverly, as much as I’d love to deliver Deb a coffee cake in person, this is a scholarship fund, not my travel fund.

          • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

            Spoil sport!

          • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

            In total agreement with Doni, that would be completely against what she, and all of us at ANC I’m sure, would want. 🙂 I love a good coffee cake but I have my priorities (even when it comes to cake!).

        • Avatar Matt Grigsby says:

          I’d also like to point out that using fundraising for personal gain is illegal as hell and it’s exactly why Trump isn’t allowed to run a charity in New York State ever again. It’s not being a spoil sport to reject that idea outright. Everyone is trying to make a positive impact here.

  4. Avatar Candace says:

    We all know Doni would never in a million years entertain the thought of using the Carr Fire Auction funds for anything other than its original stated intent. That’s a given. Perhaps one day Deb will make it here to visit on her own steam, sit down to tea, one of Doni’s famous coffee cakes and good conversation with some of her ANC friends. Have fun bidding everyone!

  5. Beverly, you may have been joking, but I wouldn’t want to plant even the tiniest seed of doubt in anyone’s mind about where the money’s going. 🙂 You know?

    Moving right along … 🙂

  6. Avatar Eleanor Toensens says:

    Okay, moving right along…. but just don’t do that, Beverly, your comment is waaaay beyond the pale.

    • Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

      Hm. I thought it was obvious that Beverly’s comment was offered tongue-in-cheek. Geez.

      But then, Rhonda just read this over my shoulder and said, “Yeah, but you think the aliens in Roswell were actually 12 year-old Soviet children with surgically altered craniums, sent by Joseph Stalin.”

      And yes, I do believe that those “aliens” were Soviet children, dang it.

    • Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

      Beverly was expressing a wish…a compliment really to Doni and Deb. I so get the spirit of this fantasy.

  7. Tonight at 7 p.m. the ability to leave a comment will be disabled on all the auction posts. Whoever has the last bid before the cut-off time will be the highest bidder, and the winner of that item.

    An open house reception will be held tomorrow, Fri. Jan. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. for the donors and highest bidders. The highest bidders will received an email with the address.

    A post in tomorrow’s lead will announce the winners. Stay tuned!

    Thank you all for making this auction a success. Last year’s auction was able to give $1,000 scholarships to five graduating high school students who lost homes in the Carr Fire. I hope we exceed that number this year.

    Good luck!

    With love and gratitude,