Lyle cancer auction raises $130K

Published 8:53 am Monday, January 17, 2011

Galen Holst holds up a loaf of banana bread for bid during the 32nd Annual Lyle Area Cancer Auction Saturday in Lyle. -- Eric Johnson/

Despite losing his voice after a weekend auction for cancer, Larry Ricke felt good Sunday.

“I feel great,” he said. “I just can’t talk.”

Video of the Lyle cancer auction kitchen fundraiser

The Lyle Area Cancer Auction’s co-chairman had $130,000-worth of reasons to feel positive about the weekend. The auction set another record by topping last year’s total by about $11,000. The money goes to cancer research centers like the Mayo Clinic, the Hormel Institute and the University of Minnesota.

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Many people pitched into the effort. Wayne and Joan Skove bid $700 and won a jar of Rhubarb jam made by Joyce Duren of Lyle. The Skoves are from Lyle as well.

“It isn’t such a big thing,” Joan said. “There are more people that give money like we do too.”

Other bidders proved Joan right. A sweatshirt sold for $700, and a single oil filter was bought and donated back to the auction nine times to bring in almost $1,800, according to Co-Chairman Larry Ricke.

Overall, the auction brought in about $45,000, which doesn’t include cash donations, Ricke said. The Harley Davidson raffle was up from last year at $23,600. The auction’s kitchen brought in $4,445.

The auction’s totals also pool money from many events during the year, like the Halfway To January Cancer Bash and Lucille Johnson Memorial Pool Tournament.