The Fenwick Island Lions Club will be hosting its first quarter auction and paddle party on Monday, Aug. 13, at the Roxana Fire Hall.
“This is the very first one that we’ve done. The people who are running it have been to four of them,” explained Jean Bertram, president of the club. “We do spaghetti dinners, pancake breakfasts, a 50-50 for the Selbyville Halloween parade — which are all very good fundraisers — and two times we’ve had Vera Bradley/Longaberger Basket bingos. But people were getting a little tired of the basket bingo, and this looked like a neat thing. So we decided to try it.”
Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the auction commencing at 7 p.m. Participants will be given a paddle, each with a unique number, and a corresponding chip that is placed in a hopper. If someone wishes to bid on an item, they simply place their bid in a container on their table and hold up their paddle. If their number is called, they will win the item they bid on. Attendees may spend between one and four quarters on each bid, giving them the opportunity to win prizes ranging from $10 to $100 in value.
“There are over 100 items. I know there are a couple of Vera Bradley purses. There is a teddy bear that is holding a $50 bill. The list just goes on.”
Admission to the auction costs $10 per person, and Bertram said the event is intended for those who are 18 or older.
“We’ll also be selling food, including hot dogs, barbecue and some homemade desserts,” said Bertram. “This is just another fundraiser that the Lions Club is doing, and 100 percent of what we raise at this goes right back to the community.”
The Lions Club, made up of approximately 80 members, supports local organizations including the Indian River High School Leos Club, college scholarships for high school seniors and Meals on Wheels. On a national and international level, the club works on bettering the world’s vision, by providing eyeglasses to those in need.
“Most of our money goes right here,” said Bertram. “People that need eyeglasses or ramps or hearing aids that can’t afford them will be vetted by the Cheer Center, and then the Cheer Center will let us know and we will do what we can. We donated a beach wheelchair to Fenwick Island State Park. We just do good things. Our motto is ‘We serve’ and we do serve.”
Bertram added that she hopes the community will support the club’s efforts and attend the auction.
“I hope to raise a good sum of money. I wouldn’t dare put a figure on it,” she said. “We just hope people come out and have a good time.”