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      Dinner auction the biggest fundraiser of the year for Ottumwa Community Outreach Center

      The Ottumwa Community Outreach Center is holding their second annual dinner and auction fundraiser on Saturday, April 20th at the center on East Main Street.

      Over 100 donations of art, baked goods, baskets and overnight stays have been flowing in over the last couple of weeks and they'll all be auctioned off at the event.

      For a center that depends entirely on donations and fundraisers to operate, this event is especially important.

      "We are the only men's shelter within a 90 mile radius of Ottumwa and we are the only cooking meal site that will serve anybody at no cost," said Yvonne-Baldwin Greene, Director of the Ottumwa Community Outreach Center. "So if people think what we're doing is important, it's really important that they support us in whatever way they can, whether it's attending a fundraiser or making a donation if they can't attend the fundraiser."

      Baldwin-Greene said the biggest misconception people have regarding the center is that it's just a shelter, but they also serve two meals a day, five days a week to women, children, families and anyone who is in need. The Community Outreach Center also provides hygiene kits for anyone who needs them.

      There is still time to donate to the auction, items will be accepted until April 12.

      If you miss that date or cannot attend the fundraiser, you can also send monetary donations at any time to 325 E. Main Street.

      Doors will open to the event at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the auction will start shortly after. Tickets to dinner cost $10 each.