Auction event to honor man killed in car wreck

February 16, 2019

Riley Dolan’s dream was to become an auctioneer.

Auctioneering was the family business.

However, Dolan, 27, was killed in a Jan. 4 car wreck near Fullerton.

He left behind his wife, Jill; son, Wyatt; and other relatives and friends. On Feb. 23 the Army of Angels organization will host a benefit for Dolan’s family from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moose Lodge.

Tom Dolan, Riley’s uncle, will conduct a live auction. A silent auction will also be held.

Attendees can enjoy sloppy joes, hot dogs, pulled pork, salads and other refreshments.

When event organizer Patty Olson contacted Tom Dolan about auctioneering, “he said he would be honored,” said Peggy Stark, another event organizer.

Stark said that Kathy Dolan, Riley’s mother, is a good friend, and that many in the community have known the Dolan family for years. Army of Angels plans charity events for families affected by tragedy or illness.

“It just seemed like one that we would like to do,” Stark said. “Especially when there’s children involved. I guess it was just one that pulled at our heartstrings.”

Featured on the auction lists are day passes and parking passes to Elitch Gardens, an Apple watch, guided hunting packages, guided golf packages, a diamond necklace, a men’s bracelet and many other items.

“We have had such wonderful response to the donations,” Stark said. “We’ve done this a lot of years, us girls, and it’s never, ever gotten to be like this.”

While the group of women always approach people and businesses for auction items, numerous people have approached the group, asking, “What can we do? How can we help?” Stark said.