On Friday, Feb. 10, beginning at 6 p.m., the Millsboro Downtown Partnership will be holding its first ’Boro Quarter Auction.
“We were working with the Millsboro Downtown Partnership, trying to figure out some ways to raise some money so that we can push our purpose and what we’re trying to do in Millsboro,” explained Noelle McClogan, who serves on the Partnership’s fundraising committee. “We were looking for something that would be a neat fundraiser that we could get a lot of the town involved in. This idea came up, and we flew with it. So far, I think it’s going to be a really big one.”
The Millsboro Downtown Partnership Inc. is a nonprofit organization that supports creating and promoting revitalization of Millsboro’s downtown while also preserving its historical significance.
“We’re basically promoting and creating an organization that works on the revitalization of the downtown area,” said McClogan. “We’re trying to make sure we have the historical significance of Millsboro kept alive. We’re just trying to bring a sense of history, culture, and bring more people down to our Main Street — to promote Millsboro more.”
For $10 per person, attendees at the quarter auction will be entered to win a door prize and receive a numbered paddle. Extra paddles will be available for purchase for $5. Items available will have an auction price of 25 cents to $1.50, depending on their value. When items come up for auction and attendees wish to bid, they simply must put the requested number of quarters in a provided bucket and hold up their bidding paddle. The auctioneer will then call out a number, and whoever has the paddle with the matching number will win the item — for just quarters!
So far, the organization has received over 70 donations, ranging from $50 gift certificates to Tanger Outlets and Waterford champagne flutes to a complete state-quarter collection.
“We have some really awesome items that the local area has been very generous in donating,” she said.
McClogan said the group hopes to raise $5,000 during the event, but more would be even better.
“We hope to raise a lot of money, so that we can start the things we need to do to get Downtown Millsboro Partnership involved and do more things we hope to do in the community.”
The organization is just starting to reach out to the Millsboro community, and McClogan said that the Partnership hopes to benefit residents and business owners alike.
“I’ll be honest,” she said. “We’re really new, so this is a way for us to get our name out there. We feel very strongly, because a lot of the local business owners – whether you’re downtown or on the outskirts of town in Millsboro – anything that happens downtown is going to increase our profits, give us a better image and make people want to come to Millsboro to shop and possibly live. We’re trying to give a little more pride to some of the businesses down here.”
McClogan said she hopes that the community will come out to have a fun night and support Millsboro Downtown Partnership.
“It’s a fun night out. It’s a really cool chance to win things for a very little amount of money.”