Silent auctions are a great way for organizations to do a little fundraising. The one being held this Saturday, March 15, will certainly hold its “metal” to any of other silent auctions held in Cut Bank.
Cut Bank’s Arc Angels, the adult education class of lady welders, are teaming up with some of the students in the high school welding class to host a silent auction this Saturday, in the hopes of raising enough funds to purchase some equipment for the school’s vo-ed department.
The silent auction, which will showcase some of the students and Arc Angels’ projects, will take place at The Den on Saturday in the back room, from 6-9 p.m. There will be free appetizers for auction attendees to munch while they admire and bid on auction items.
“I am still doing some research on what items we might need or want in the school shop and what would be best utilized for our space and for the kids,” said Brian Hayes, the welding instructor at CBHS. “I want to get the best application for our environment and something the kids will use to further their welding interests.”
Hayes has it narrowed down to a couple items, one of which is a vertical metal band saw. “We have a horizontal metal band saw that we have converted to be able to do both horizontal and vertical cuts, but it would be nice to have both kinds,” he offered. “That would be a good piece of equipment for our shop.”
The other piece in the running is a Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welder. This particular welder provides a different “welding process,” explained Hayes. “It is another exploratory type of welding for the kids to try. The more welding backgrounds we allow them to experience, the better suited they will be, should they be interested in pursuing welding even further.”
Hayes said the price of a TIG welder starts at $2,000 and goes up from there, “but we will not be pursuing the high-end one,” he stated. He was still researching possible prices for the vertical metal band saw they might want to purchase. “We will choose which one the kids will get the most mileage out of,” he added.
Of the students taking Hayes’ welding class in school, six of them will have items in the silent auction. Brandon Bird-Cole, Clint Evans, Rocky Racine, Jeremiah Red Bear, Hunter Swinehart and Ray Whitford have been busy welding a number of different items.
“The kids have built some tractor plant stands and a table plant stand, a cargo rack and a utility trailer that can be pulled behind a four-wheeler. Those items will be in the silent auction,” Hayes said.
The Arc Angels, whose idea it was to hold the auction, are donating items they made during their adult education “old lady welding” class.
If you are unable to attend the silent auction this Saturday, you can still make a donation to help make the purchase for the vo-ed department at the school. Tax-deductible contributions can be made payable to CBEFAA (Cut Bank Education Foundation and Alumni Association) and dropped off at the Cut Bank Pioneer Press. Be sure and mark the memo portion of the check with “Welding Shop Donation.”