Staff photo/Lance Mihm
Auglaize County Sheriffâ€™s Office Deputy Sam Blank introduces â€śLawnCop 5000â€ť for auction during the Auglaize County Crisis Center Benefit AuctionThursday. LawnCop displayed his many skills, from removing yard clippings and twigs to dog droppings.
The 25th anniversary of the Auglaize County Crisis Center celebrated its milestone anniversary with another successful event, topping at least $35,000 in funds raised.
“We still have cash donations and chili auction proceeds to count,” event organizer Heide Koenig said, “but we will match last year’s total and likely be a little bit higher than last year. Every year we generally do a little better than the year before.”
Approximately 300 people turned out to bid on a wide array of donated items, which included authentic sports collectables, homemade items, and short getaways. Koenig said donations were up slightly in both quantity and size from last year.
“A lot of the regular donors were aware of it being our 25th anniversary,” Koenig said.
Members of the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office again was a successful fundraiser, as their services were auctioned off for more than $1,000 to provide yard work or other services.
In the popular chili cook-off between county law enforcement and rescue personnel, the top prize remained in New Bremen, as the New Bremen Fire Department was crowned the winners.
Not to be outdone, last year’s winners, the New Bremen Police Department, still gathered the highest winning bid when the chili was sold, going for more than $1,000. The bid was driven up in honor of former Police Chief Doug Harrod, who announced his retirement after 33 years of service.
Koenig said the auction is critical as the Crisis Center’s largest fundraiser each year.
“We always look forward to the large amount of support we receive for the auction each year,” Koenig said. “We are fortunate to be in a community that gives so much support.”
Other items fetching high prices were two football helmets autographed by several former Ohio State Buckeye football greats, an autographed basketball signed by members of the 1960 Ohio State Buckeyes national championship team, and a 200-guest hog roast, which again fetched $1,100, the same as last years’ auction.
Money from the auction is used for general operating expenses at the crisis center.
Last year, the crisis center handled more than 2,400 crisis calls, sheltered more than 70 residents and served more than 1,400 non-residential adults and children.