The annual Minden St. Jude Auction will be here before we know it, and instead of the playhouse constructed by the Minden Fire Department each year, two RV camper/playhouses have been built and are being custom outfitted this year.
CH Campers, owned by Jerry Ragon, of Chickamauga, Georgia, constructed the campers’ shells. Jenny Mourad, chairman of this part of the auction, said Ragon generously built two campers for the auction for less than the price of one.
Ragon and his family came through Minden Saturday afternoon on their way back to their Georgia home from their California vacation. The Minden Fire Department, headed by Chief Kip Mourad and his fellow firefighters, along with Mayor Tommy Davis, made Ragon an honorary Minden firefighter for his generous contribution and had a pizza dinner for his family before they got back on the road to Georgia.
Jenny Mourad, along with some members of the Minden Fire Department are constructing and custom outfitting the inside of the green camper in a “cabin style.” Inside will feature twin bunk beds built out of willow trees done by Fred Hunt of Willows at Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and many other unique and beautiful features built and donated by many.
For the girls’ camper, LaurieAnna’s Vintage Home in Canton, Texas, owned by LaurieAnna and William Sigler, is in the process of outfitting the pink camper as a donation to the Minden St. Jude auction. In addition to their donation and labor, they have made pre-sale tickets available for purchase now. Raffle tickets can be purchased through their online store, www.laurieannas.com. All proceeds of pre-sale tickets go directly to the auction. The style will be in a Hollywood Glam/Glamper style.
Both campers are 13.5′ in length and fully functioning. Both campers will be all-electric, will have twin bed(s), kitchens with sinks, running water, small refrigerators, microwaves, breakfast stations (all donated from Nostalgia Electrics out of Green Bay, Wisconsin) dinettes, tables, vintage awnings made by Marti’s Vintage Awnings in Chico, California. Pictures of the campers and the inside decor will be available soon at www.mindenstjude.com.
There will be two separate drawings for the campers. When purchasing raffle tickets, you will be able to select the one (or both) for the one you want to win. The Minden St. Jude website will be open for ticket sales for the campers and grand prize in the coming week. The Minden St. Jude Auction and related activities will begin Thursday, Jan. 29, and end Sunday, Feb. 1.