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Updated: Doors of Encouragement Auction raises $19,400 (Audio & video included)

The Logan County Doors of Encouragement Auction was conducted in downtown Bellefontaine Tuesday evening.

The event, in its second year, allowed individuals and groups to decorate and donate a door to be auctioned off to raise money for the Logan County Cancer Society. Some of the doors were dedicated in honor of individuals who have survived or died of cancer.

(Pictured above left to right: Tammy Allison, Nancy Harmon, and Melody Couchman)

The 71 doors spread across Main Street, Opera Street, Columbus Avenue, and Court Avenue since April 6th.

The auction raised $19,400, which contributed to a grand total of around $35,000. The funds will be used to serve Logan County residents who have received a cancer diagnosis. The money will help the residents with the costs of medication, supplies, transportation to radiation, and mammogram services.

Shear Changes also conducted a basket drawing to contribute to the event. The drawing generated $830.

(Pictured right: line of doors waiting for auction)

Melody Couchman organized the event and thought that the community's support was overwhelming and incredible. She also said that a lot of memories were behind the doors' designs.

Couchman explains the event.

Logan County Cancer Society Chief Operating Officer Tammy Allison said it was a wonderful event and that it is more than just a fundraiser for the society. She has seen people come together and build friendships through the event. She also said that decorating a door gives people a chance to grieve through the process of losing someone or gives them a chance to celebrate their victory over cancer.

Allison discusses what the funds will be used for.

Auctioneer Mick Lile conducted the auction and likes to hear the final total because the money stays local and helps people with cancer.

Lile comments on his experience.

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Watch part of the auction.

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