Fire & Ice in Southern Utah

Last night we made our annual trek south to St. George, Utah, home of Dixie College. Five years ago, Megan was invited to be on the college’s foundation board and asked to chair a fundraising event aimed at raising money for student scholarships.

That inaugural dinner and silent auction, called Fire & Ice, has become a favorite family tradition of ours. We purchase a table and attend as a family—all the adults—and really look forward to dressing up fancy, enjoying delicious food, and bidding on fun items.

Megan and her committee do a fabulous job organizing the event, and it went off without a hitch last night. The decorations (Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue) looked beautiful, the entertainment was perfect (short and sweet—I’m all about that!), and the auction items were great. We always try to bid on a trip that we can turn into a family vacation, and this year was no exception. We found a weeklong condo in Midway, Utah, and were excited at the end of the evening to be the top bidder on that item; we’re hoping to plan it around the time Shanna comes home from her mission, so we can be all together again for the first time in a year and a half!

We bid on some smaller items too—including a basket of bread and homemade jam that Megan had made. “Just make a donation and I’ll make you your own basket,” she kept telling Sage and me. We also bid pretty high on some caramel apples and caramel-covered pretzels, until we realized that they were going to end up being the most expensive treats we’d bought in a long time!

But seriously, we don’t mind paying pretty high prices when it’s for a great cause! And the timing of the event—a trip to warmer southern Utah in typically cold February—always makes the trip even more enjoyable. It’s well worth the drive!