Live auctions typically are a great way to raise money, but a surprise stop at SpringBrook Assisted Living in Onalaska featured an auction simply as a way for the more than 50 residents to have fun.
In a first for the Tailgate Tour, players and Mark Murphy participated by signing Packers items as a way to increase the bids. There was a question in players’ minds, though: were they using real money?
“At first I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. These people shouldn’t be spending this kind of money on an auction,’ ” said Andrew Quarless.
Soon he and the others saw that it was strictly an in-house, SpringBrook currency.
“Then I knew it was OK,” said Bill Schroeder with a laugh.
Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson took turns with the microphone, each trying to have his autographed item raise the highest price.
“I don’t know how to do this,” Kramer finally admitted. “But I’ll keep going anyway.”
The stop at SpringBrook followed a tasty lunch at Features Sports Bar & Grill in Holmen and a quick pit stop to a nearby Festival Foods where Gilbert Brown and Casey Hayward picked up a few provisions and briefly mingled with shoppers and staff.
The Tailgate Tour motor coach continues south along the beautiful Mississippi River toward tonight’s destination, Prairie du Chien.
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