to benefit children in need
years funds to go to
Pathways and a local church
(November 2010) The owners and management
of the Hanover Auction Center, 599 W. Lagrange Rd., in Hanover, Ind.,
know the value of a dollar. Their job is to deal in previously owned
items and antiques. While they enjoy giving merchandise a second
life, they do also like to give back to the Jefferson County community.
Since 2008, the auction center has chosen a charity to support during
the Christmas season. In 2008, they supported the children of the inmates
of the Madison Womens Correctional Facility with gifts of toys.
Southwestern Elementary Schools needy families received toys and
goods for children as well in 2009. This years recipient will
find the center supporting two charities: the Pathways Youth Shelter
and a local, non-disclosed church. James Bare, one of the auctioneers,
is working closely with this years charities.
by Laura Goodwin
Fred Wolf poses
with Jenny Craghead
and James Bare.
The auction centers method for raising the donations
for their yearly charity is very unique. Vendors donate new toy items,
usually in multiple lots. During their Wednesday night auctions, patrons
bid on these items. The auction winners may opt to keep some of the
lot, with a portion to be donated to the charity.
The donated items are then put under the tree, signifying
how many are set aside for donation, said Fred Wolf, owner of
the auction center. It has been working really well.
More than 300 toys have been donated each year. The bulk items are sold
during the holiday auctions, which run from the first of
November to mid-December. Auctions are normally held on Wednesdays,
from 6 p.m. until the end of the auction. The types of items that can
be purchased new and in bulk include, but are not limited to, toys,
games, DVDs and coloring books and crayons.
Jenny Craghead, an auction coordinator, said all of the centers
staff is heavily involved in the charity. The center opts for charities
that involve children, and will change their recipients yearly in order
to help many people.
Charities have really tapered off lately, due to the economy.
We love doing this. Its not a hand out; its
a helping hand, she said.
Located in the former CVS Pharmacy building, the auction center offers
many services. Aside from the Wednesday night auctions, they also deal
with antiques and estate sales. Weekend auctions, although not as regular,
are heavily advertised when they do occur. The center functions year
round, although they have cut the Wednesday auctions back to a few per
month. Craghead said it was due to the economy, but also so they can
have bigger and better auctions, which benefits our patrons and
Other services provided by the center include gun sales, EBay.com sales,
consignment items, the sales of farm equipment, automobiles, boats,
motorcycles, RVs and property. The center can also be used for fundraisers,
per approved request. Future offerings could include buying scrap gold
and silver. The Chuck Wagon Restaurant is located inside the Hanover
Auction Center building and offers breakfast from 6-10 a.m. Tuesday
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