The generosity of Christmas guests Sunday brought the Raney House a step closer to its goal of making needed repairs en route to it becoming a self-sustaining entity.

About 100 well-wishers came by the historic home as part of a Christmas party hosted by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society, which caretake the early 19th century home on behalf of its owners, the city of Apalachicola.

AAHS President Lynn Wilson Spohrer said the event raised about $1,000, which will go towards the goal of making the house fully self-sustaining under the city's ownership. Spohrer has been working to create a funding structure that will mean the city does not have to cover expenses out of its eyarly operting budget.

Special guests were Nancy Raney. from Arkansas, who is a great-great-great-granddaughter of David Raney, who built the Raney House in 1838, and her cousin Joe Porter, from Jacksonville, aho is a similiar descendant of the home's founder.

The auctioning of a plein air painting by a Gulf Shores, Alabama artist, which was won by Michaelin Watts; a 50-50 drawing, in which the winner Kay Carson returned to the AAHS her prize; and the winning bid by Bonnie Fulmer of a history of Apalachicola, all contributed to the fundraising.