Diane Ripplinger

NOTE: The Virtual Silent Auction 4 Diane Ripplinger was held, but you may still help Diane by using the "Donate Now" button on this page, or by sending a donation via check to NDAD in care of Diane. More information can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Family and friends of Diane Ripplinger are working to hold a virtual silent auction in late August to help Diane. Charitable nonprofit NDAD is sponsoring the event. All proceeds from the auction will be used to help Diane with medical and household expenses.
Poster for Aug. 27-30 virtual silent auction for Diane Ripplinger
Diane was diagnosed with advanced endometrial cancer in January 2019. Her treatment consisted of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  She recently was diagnosed with metastasis of the cancer to both lungs and is undergoing immunotherapy for treatment.
Diane is a lifelong resident of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. She worked as a hairdresser for 45 years before an unexpected injury forced her retirement from the field. Diane was known for being a perfectionist when doing each client’s hair. She always took her time to make sure it was just right.
Diane raised three children: Brian, of Buxton, N.D.; Lisa, of Bellingham, Wash.; and Aaron, of Sioux Falls, S.D.  She is the proud grandma of four grandsons: Nick, Noah, Adam and Andrew.  Diane also the primary caregiver for her mother, Helen Adams, who has Alzheimer’s dIsease. Diane is well known for her kindness and generous nature.  She is an excellent cook and enjoys gatherings with family and friends.
An in-person benefit originally schedule in April was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The virtual silent auction is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, Aug. 27, and conclude at 6 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, Aug. 30. The exact auction site on Facebook will be announced with a link to the site on the afternoon of Aug. 27 and shared here on Diane’s fundraising page, on NDAD’s Facebook page (facebook.com/ndad.nd/) and on the Facebook event notice post.
The auction will be available to non-Facebook users. See the auction rules below for details.

The silent auction will feature many wonderful items, including original UND Fighting Sioux art signed by artist Ben Brien, a UND hockey jersey signed by the 2019-2020 Penrose Cup champion hockey team, a remote control hobby airplane with a transmitter, a pearl necklace and bracelet set, Scentsy baskets, pottery, many gift certificates, and other items that have been generously donated by local citizens and businesses.
A downloadable .PDF preview of the virtual silent auction items has been posted at this site HERE.

A downloadable .PDF master list of auction items is HERE.

Sharon Adams, (218) 779-6582, kaygirl60@yahoo.com
Kim Adams, (701) 740-3138, kimberlyadams91@yahoo.com
  • The Virtual Silent Auction 4 Diane will be held as a public group on Facebook.  Pictures and descriptions of each item will be posted on the group page.  NDAD will provide a .PDF preview viewing of the items on Diane Ripplinger’s fundraising page, on NDAD’s Facebook page and on the Facebook event notice on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
  • Bidding officially begins at 5 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, Aug. 27. Bidding officially ends at 6 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, Aug. 30. Any bids attempted before or after this period will be disqualified and not accepted. The winning bidder will be contacted by private message on Monday, Aug. 31.
  • A retail value will be posted for each item. More valuable ticket items will have an opening minimum bid. BIds must be made in $5 increments.  For example, if the most recent bid is $50, the next bid must be $55 to become the highest bid at that time.  
  • Place a bid in the comments of the desired item.  Be sure to monitor in case someone tops your bid. If you wish to increase your own bid, do so in a new comment.
  • People who do not have a Facebook account may contact the event organizers with their bid: Sharon Adams, (218) 779-6582, kaygirl60@yahoo.com; Kim Adams, (701) 740-3138, kimberlyadams91@yahoo.com. The organizers will post the bid as a comment and inform the bidder of further bids on the item. 
  • Payment must be made before the item is received.  Checks should be made out to NDAD with Diane Ripplinger’s name in the comment line.  Payment can also be in cash.  Payment with a credit/debit card is another option; contact Kim or Sharon for details. The winning bidder is responsible for shipping costs if the item cannot be picked up or delivered locally. Payment in full must be completed by 5 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Sept. 2, before pick up or delivery of the item will occur, unless other arrangements are made and agreed upon with the event organizers. If items aren’t paid in full within that time frame, the item will go to the next highest bidder.
  • By bidding in this online silent auction, each bidder agrees to these auction rules.  The event organizers reserve the right to add or withdraw items, without notice, to or from the online silent auction.  All silent auction purchases are final and all items are “as is.” No returns or exchanges will be issued.

There are other ways to help Diane Ripplinger:

* Click on the "Donate Now" button near the top of this page, then use your credit or debit card or a PayPal account to make a donation online. PayPal charges a small transaction fee; the rest of the donation goes entirely to Diane.

* Send or deliver a donation by check to: NDAD, c/o Diane Ripplinger Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks ND 58201. Make your check payable to NDAD and write "Diane Ripplinger" on the memo line. All of your donations will go to Diane.

* Follow the fundraiser on NDAD's Facebook and Twitter pages, and share this page and posts about the event with friends, family members and others who may wish to help.

If you have items for the silent auction or bake sale you wish to donate, contact Kim Adams or Sharon Adams.

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Charitable nonprofit NDAD is sponsoring the Diane Ripplinger fundraiser, which is being put on by a community group of family and friends. NDAD is serving as fund custodian through its free Community Fundraisers Program. Get more about NDAD's program HERE, contact your nearest NDAD office in North Dakota, or call (800) 532-NDAD.

Diane Ripplinger and her mom, Helen Adams
Diane's adult children: Brian Ripplinger, Lisa Kelsey and Aaron Ripplinger 


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