Benton County 4-H silent auction raises more than $24,000 for Mylee Scapanski

Mylee Scapanski
Mylee Scapanski

“Wow,” is all Kayla Scapanski, mother of Mylee Scapanski, could say when a family member sent her a photo of the enormous crowd at the Benton County 4-H silent auction benefit. The 4-H auction was for baby Mylee, who is the daughter of Kayla and her husband, Brad. Mylee suffers from a rare disease called restrictive cardiomyopathy.

More than 400 people swarmed the St. Peter and Paul Church in Gilman Nov. 17, to bid on nearly 375 auction items, donated by local businesses and community members. At the end of the night, family members’ eyes swelled with tears of gratitude when they learned that in just two hours, more than $24,000 had been raised for their family. This year’s Benton County 4-H silent auction raised more money than in any previous year in its history.

Many volunteers and donors made this event a huge success. Auction items were donated by countless businesses, volunteers, and community members.

In 4-H, youths are taught the merits of generosity. Generosity is important because it allows youth to learn that they do not live in a secluded world, but in a community that requires awareness and compassion for others. The Benton County 4-H youth witnessed this firsthand during the Nov. 17 silent auction.