Danberry auction benefits children’s charitiesWritten by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Want a chance to go on a weeklong vacation in a Florida condo, throw out the first pitch at a Mud Hens game or go for a Zamboni ride at a Walleye game?
Look no further than the Danberry Co. Realtors charity auction Oct. 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons. The 17th annual benefit raises money for three organizations: Danberry’s Treasure Chest, an emergency assistance fund for families of children receiving care at Toledo Children’s Hospital; the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism; and the Kids in Motion initiative through the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.
Prior to this year, the auction solely benefited the Treasure Chest, which is established through the Toledo Community Foundation. Funds from the chest are provided to the Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation, which works with social workers to see that families with children at the hospital receive necessary financial assistance. The Treasure chest funds are used for things such as a mortgage payment, back utilities, car payments, or even to cover funeral costs.
The other two causes were added this year to reach a more diverse group of children, according to Lynn Fruth, Danberry CEO. ProMedica officials suggested Danberry may want to consider using some of the funds to benefit autism, Fruth said.
Kids in Motion was selected because of the growing implications of childhood obesity, he said.
“If we’re ever going to get a grip on healthcare in this country long-term, we have to start with children,” Fruth said.
Last year, the fundraiser had its best year, generating more than $50,000.
“We expect to do better this year, in spite of the economy,” Fruth said.
To help reach this goal, organizers expect to have more than 200 auction items up for bid through both a live and silent auction, ranging in value from $2,000 (the Florida vacation) to $25 (numerous restaurant and retail gift certificates).
“The nice thing about our auction is you can find a lot of items under $100,” Fruth said. “I go to a lot of auctions, and everything is often very expensive.”
One example is the opportunity to purchase $25 raffle tickets for the use of a new Mercedes C-Series luxury automobile for a year, courtesy of Coppus Motors in Tiffin.
Those who can’t make it to the event can still help by purchasing Danberry Treasure Chest wines (four varieties) at a special charity display in any of The Andersons stores.
Tickets are $75 and include a meal and wine. To purchase tickets, call Debbie Milnar at Danberry, (419) 534-6592, ext. 1404. For more information, visit www.danberrycharities.com.