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The third annual Care And Share Benefit Auction, from 10 a.m. until around 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, offers something for everyone in the community.
Held at the Borkholder Dutch Village Auction Arena, 700 N. Tomahawk Trail, just north of U.S. 6 on Nappaneeâ€™s west side, the auction features items for both daily use and sheer indulgence, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be directed to Amish Parochial Opportunity Schools, Family Christian Development Center, and Open Door, all not-for-profit organizations helping people in our area.
Penny Huffer, KeyBank manager in Nappanee, heads up the committee of volunteers who are working feverishly to collect all the donated items for the sale that originated followed the devastating tornadoes three years ago. Each year, the auction reminds the community of how all people came together from all walks in life, all faiths, to help their neighbors in time of need. The volunteers, none of whom receive payment for their efforts, call themselves the â€śConcerned Citizens of the Greater Nappanee Area,â€ť and they are not affiliated with any government or city organization.
They have been asking business, churches, organizations and individuals to help spread the word of the auction, as well as to donate items to be auctioned, to take bags of non-perishable food items to give to local food banks, and to be sure to attend and bid at the auction. A wagon will be located at the auction site which organizers also hope to fill with donations of non-perishable foods.
Additionally, all area Amish Parochial School students have been invited to help collect food for the wagon at the auction. The collections will be picked up at the schools Oct. 15, and the school with the most pounds of non-perishable foods donated will be treated to a party for the students as part of the community-spirited fun.
The auction preview begins at 8 a.m., Oct. 19, but thereâ€™s also going to be plenty of biscuits and gravy to help you find the energy to bid when the gavel comes down on the block at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m. both in the auction site and at the attached Borkholder Dutch Kitchen.
Items up for bid will include fine furniture donated by area retailers, hand-carved wooden home decor items, a two-seat bicycle, custom made â€śDamascusâ€ť hunting knife, handwoven basket, University of Notre Dame basketball tickets, several hand-made quilts and rugs, an autographed photo of football great Joe Montana, a mini-football autographed by Tony Romo, jewelry, drill kits, and more. A comprehensive list of items isnâ€™t available, because all the volunteers will continue to accept items right up until auction time.
Terms are cash or a good check with photo identification. Auctioneers volunteering to help keep the goods moving throughout the sale are L.C. Auctions â€” Larry Chupp, Jason Helmuth, and Maynard Hochstetler â€” from Bremen. Theyâ€™ll be assisted by other volunteer auctioneer professionals, too, and will make sure the action is fast and fun.
The Caring Citizens of the Greater Nappanee Area are requesting donations to be auctioned on Oct. 16. This can be an actual item, or a certificate for an item at your store. Both retail and service oriented business are encouraged to give. To make a donation, please 574-773-5444, and ask for Penny Huffer.