Helping Hand

Hanover Auction events
to benefit children in need

This year’s funds to go to
Pathways and a local church

By Laura Goodwin
Contributing Writer

(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 Women’s Correctional Facility with gifts of toys. Southwestern Elementary Schools’ needy families received toys and goods for children as well in 2009. This year’s 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 year’s charities.

Fred Wold Jenny Craghead James Bare

Photo by Laura Goodwin

From left, owner
Fred Wolf poses
with Jenny Craghead
and James Bare.

The auction center’s 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 center’s 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. It’s not a ‘hand out;’ it’s 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 our business.”
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 through Saturday.

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