With August upon us, the St. Joseph County United Way is looking toward September and the 2011 WLKM Silent Auction Benefit at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair in Centreville. Proceeds from the Silent Auction go to the United Way.
This year’s fair will take place September 18th through 24th and the United Way is preparing for another successful silent auction during fair week.
According to a news release from the United Way, the Silent Auction was a huge success last year and those who participated are much appreciated. Attendance at the auction tent was “phenomenal” and even more visitors are expected this year. Approximately 150,000-170,000 people attend the annual event.
Kelly Hostetler, Executive Director of the United Way, said, “The biggest change for the tent this year is that we will be moving into a barn. The barn is directly next to where the ten used to be, and will provide more space for us, as well as a cleaner and dryer environment.”
According to the news release, “Many great items have been donated thus far, but there is still a lot of the barn to fill! Some examples of popular auction items include: jewelry, tools, antiques, themed gift baskets, gift certificates, electronics, artwork, and many, many more. The United Way would be glad to pick up any items you wish to share.”
Any items or services, large or small, are accepted and appreciated. The donor’s name will be displayed with each item. Cash donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase items in the name of the donor.
Prospective donors are encouraged to make their donation by August 31st so their name and item will be listed in the Silent Auction flyer that will be posted prior to the fair.
If you would like to donate an item, please call the St. Joseph County United Way office at (269) 467-9099 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: News release from St. Joseph County United Way