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Hancock County employees holding their annual Christmas party, benefiting the food pantry and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Hancock County employees enjoyed a festive Christmas gathering Wednesday, building camaraderie and raising money for local and national charities.

A total of 104 county employees and elected officials went to the annual event, which is paid for with ticket sales by participants. An auction of white elephant gifts – everything from a Colts helmet to an autographed picture of council President Bill Bolander – raised nearly $1,983 for JDRF, a national foundation that researches Type 1 diabetes. The county recorder’s office organized the event and the charity is dear to Recorder Debra Carnes’ heart; her daughter has diabetes.

The gathering also collected nonperishable items for the Hancock County Food Pantry and leftover food was donated to the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen.

“Everyone knows that’s our time of year to give back,” Carnes said.

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