St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Austintown is getting ready for this Friday's quarter auction. The first-time event will help the SJIHM Home and School group raise funds for school activities.
Home and School is the Catholic school equivalent to the PTA. The parents in the organization work with the school to raise funds for things like student field trips, family nights, student-faculty-staff appreciation projects, guest speakers, and assemblies for example. Three years ago, Home and School fundraisers paid for the cafeteria at the school to be painted. For this year's Home and School fundraiser, the membership chose to try something new.
"This is the first SJIHM Quarter Auction," said Home and School member Molly Faloon. "Since it is our first ever, I really don't have a set goal for the amount we hope to raise."
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St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary School students, in front Chloe Durda, Leif Walters, and Marissa Conroy, and in back Joey Chepke and Patrick Thomas, show off some of the items that will be up for bid in the quarter auction on Friday, Nov. 9 at the IHM Parish Center, 4470 Norquest Blvd.
Faloon said it will be a fun experience for those attending though. The way a quarter auction works is simple. The person attending purchases a ticket for $10. On the night of the event, they turn their ticket in for an auction paddle with a number on it. A chip with that number is then placed in a spin cage and the person is given a list of items that are to be auctioned off.
"The item log has the following information: the item, the value of the item, who donated the item, and how many quarters are required for the bid," Faloon said.
During the auction, an item is presented and auction assistants watch for raised paddles for those who wish to take a chance on the item. They pay quarters according to the value of the item. For example, items valued at $1 to $19.99 have to bid one quarter. Items from $20 to $39.99 have to bid two quarters; three quarters for $40 to $59.99 and four quarters for items above $60.
The quarters mean the person is in on the bid, or drawing. Once all the bids are collected, the cage is spun and the numbered chips mixed up. The cage is then opened and the numbers are drawn until one of the raised paddle numbers is called. That person then wins the item. The process is repeated until all the auction items are gone.
"You could easily win a $25 item with a two-quarter bid," Faloon said.
The adult-only event is BYOB event and tables of six to eight can be reserved.
For more information contact Faloon at 330-502-9163 or Nicole Fryfogle at 330-502-9996. While advance ticket sales are preferred, there will be tickets at the door.