In an effort to support the men serving their community, the Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting a quarter auction Saturday to benefit the department.
“The Buckland Volunteer Fire Department is a private entity and relies on fundraisers to raise money to insure the department can operate with the best equipment possible,” Buckland Volunteer Fire Auxiliary Vice President Rachel Winkler said.
The auction is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the fire department in downtown Buckland. Doors open at 5 p.m.
More than 10 vendors are to be featured, including Lia Sophia Jewelry, Thirty-one bags, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Uppercase Living and Miche Bags.
Tickets are $7 and include a meal and one bidding paddle. Additional bidding paddles are to be sold for $2 each with items costing no more than four quarters a bid. There also are to be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. A cash bar also will be available.
The Buckland Fire Department provides fire protection and medical first responders to surrounding townships including Logan and Moulton and portions of Duchouquet and Salem townships — an area covering approximately 60 square miles in Auglaize County,
The fire department’s auxiliary formed in January 2011 as a way the wives and women behind the scenes could support their family members as the people devoted themselves to the department could make a difference and be a bigger help themselves, Winkler said.
The auxiliary also is in charge of supplying water at fire scenes and food as needed. They also have taken on planning and providing a Christmas party for the firemen as another way to thank and support them.
“These guys work extremely hard all year round and devote many hours all on a volunteer basis,” Winkler said. “The more we can do to show our appreciation the better.”
The auxiliary’s other fundraisers have included a bake sale at the fish fry, a children’s tent at their annual festival and a quarter auction last fall.
“All the money we raise goes toward whatever the department may need,” Winkler said.
The Buckland Volunteer Fire Department has 28 firemen, three medical non-firemen and five cadets, while the auxiliary has 13 members.
“We chose to do a quarter auction because we thought it would be a fun way to raise some money for our firemen,” Winkler said. “The last auction we had in October went very well and everyone who attended seemed to enjoy themselves and many went home with some really nice items.
“We want to encourage women from our local community to come out, have fun and be doing something for a good cause at the same time.”