The Clermont County Humane Society is gearing up for its most important fund-raising event of the year. The 14th annual auction will also mark the 50th anniversary of the humane society.
“This is our 14th annual auction, and the auction is our largest fund-raiser each year,” said board member Nadora Hill. “It will be held on Nov. 3 at Norlyn Manor in Batavia, and consists of a dinner and a live and silent auction.”
The auction, an annual event that generally attracts around 250 participants, will feature a dinner and two auctions of donated items, including hand-made crafts such as quilts or overnight getaway packages to nice hotels.
“There will probably be about 30 live auction items that will consist of sports memorabilia and fine jewelry and we normally have over 100 silent auction items that range from pet items to holiday items and gift certificates,” said Hill. “It’s $30 a person, which gets you the dinner and the ability to participate in both auctions.”
"We have raffle baskets the auction committee prepares, if people would rather do that to show their support," said Hill. "We try to meet everyone's interest. The items are all donated, and if someone would like to make a donation, they should call the shelter at 732-8854. The shelter will contact the auction committee members and we'll be in touch."
The Clermont County Humane Society operates and maintains the county shelter, which houses abandoned or stray animals for adoption. The auction goes directly toward the operation of the shelter and the shelter services, which are otherwise operated through private donations.
"The adoption center and after hours emergency program are privately funded, which is why we're raising this money," said Hill. "The animal control operation is funded through the dog and kennel fund. There are actually three components to the shelter operation. In addition to the auction, we raise money through the adoption of animals, we have a golf outing, and new this year was a 5K run/walk. Those are the three largest events, and we have other things from time to time. The auction is the largest and has been around the longest."
To learn more, call (513) 732-8854.
"This is our 50th anniversary, and we're so pleased with the generosity in our community," said Hill. "We hope they will continue to support us."