Crisis Center holds annual auction

Jerry Myers of Myers Auction Services donated his business services to help raised money for the Auglaize County Crisis Center.
Chelsea Luebrecht
Staff Writer

The Auglaize County Crisis Center celebrated its 30th annual benefit auction on Thursday at the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.

The auction was started 30 years ago by director Shirley Longworth, Fiscal Coordinator Heide Koenig said.

“She with a couple of the other ladies were very involved and they decided to try a charity auction,” she said. “That first year I think they raised $700 or $800.”

The auction's longevity is rare, Koenig noted.

“Jerry Myers, who's conducting our auction, said these things only last a couple of years then fizzle out,” she said. “So we have been lucky to have the community support to keep going and to get bigger and better each year.”

The crisis center also receives government funding, both state and federal, she noted.

“We have some federal grants and state grants,” she said. “But we have to have matches for each of those grants, local matches and the auction serves as our matches, as well as what expenses grants don't cover.”

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