A local fundraiser that is in conjunction with the Summer Moon Festival is underway with collecting items for their auction.
The Riverside Art Center’s Chair-ity and Fun-iture Silent Auction will be held July 15 and 16, during the Summer Moon Festival in Wapakoneta.
Organizers are still taking donations of decorated chairs and furniture up until Friday.
“We always get something unique that catches the eye,” co-chair of the event Carrie Knoch said.
Last year, one of the top pieces was a painted Kent Boyd chair that went for high bids. In 2009, the top piece of decorated furniture was a set of benches from the Spencerville Schools.
The Riverside Art Center is still collecting items for this year’s auction, including chairs, benches, cabinets, desks and other items that have been repurposed for the auction. Each item donated should be decorated, painting or have a design on it.
Entries who donate to the auction may designate 50 percent of the proceeds that is raised from the item during the silent auction to the charity of their choice and the remainder of the proceeds will benefit the Riverside Art Center.
The silent auction is to start at 3 p.m. on July 15 and ending at 3 p.m. on July 16. This is a silent auction, and the highest bidder for each item by 3 p.m. July 16 will get the item.
This is the third year for the auction, and last year Knoch said the Riverside Art Center made a profit of $500 for the center’s funds.
All entries for the auction are requested by Friday. Also, if one would like to donate something, but will not have it ready by Friday, they are asked to e-mail email@example.com 
Forms to donate are available at the Riverside Art Center, summermoonfestival.com and riversideartcenter.org. All items must be accompanied by a form when they are turned in.