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(PHOTOS) Wright Lady Panthers raise more than $1,700 at bake sale, silent auction

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Lady Panthers basketball team raised just over $1,700 through a bake sale and silent auction at the Town of Wright’s tree lighting Dec. 2 at the Wright Community Center.

The funds help pay for travel gear, overnight tournament expenses and summer camp, Coach Derek Barnhurst said. Barnhurst is also the principal of both 4-J Elementary and Cottonwood Elementary.

Children were able to do crafts with Wright Recreation Center staff at the event. (Paula Strohschein)

Children at the event had the opportunity to do crafts with Wright Recreation Center staff, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and have hot cocoa with the Lady Panthers.

Mrs. Claus and Santa made an appearance at the event. (Crystal O’Bryan)

Town of Wright Deputy Clerk and Treasurer Paula Strohschein said players on the basketball team decorate wreaths for the auction. Barnhurst said in a Facebook comment Nov. 30 that Wright community members made and donated several of the wreaths.

“We truly appreciate their support,” he said.

A wreath at the silent auction (Crystal O’Bryan)