Quarter auction to benefit Ferry Chamber programs

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON MARTINS FERRY Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Lonnie Jacob, left, and chamber Secretary Marian Klier pose with some of the many items that will be auctioned during the chamber’s first quarter auction at 3 p.m. Sunday at Martins Ferry High School’s Cafetorium.

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce is slated to hosts its first-ever quarter auction on Sunday at Martins Ferry High School’s Cafetorium, 5000 Ayers Limestone Road.

Doors open at 2 p.m. and the auction begins at 3 p.m. In addition to the Quarter Auction, there also will be a chance auction and 50-50 raffle drawing.

Fifteen different vendors have created prizes for the auction. Each will provide three prizes for each of the auction’s three rounds. This means there will be 45 different items to bid upon, said Marian Klier, secretary of the chamber.

Klier said the chamber decided to hold a quarter auction because they are a popular type of fundraiser in the Ohio Valley. The chamber’s usual Night at the Races fundraiser was canceled last year because of a lack of interest.

The master of ceremonies for the event will be chamber member Sherrie Stratton.

During a quarter auction, one can buy one or multiple paddles, with each assigned a number. When an item comes up for bid, it is worth an assigned number of quarters. For example, a flower arrangement might be worth one quarter, while a wine gift set might be worth two or more quarters.

If one wants to bid on a certain item, they must place the correct number of quarters in a can passed around the room. When the bidding begins, one places their paddles in the air. Then the emcee picks a number out of a turning-basket. If one’s paddle number matches the number picked by the emcee, they win the prize.

Klier said the quarter auction is a fundraiser for the chamber and helps the organization put on annual events such as the academic banquet and Skyshow Fourth of July fireworks display.

During the auction, there will also be a build-your-own food bar featuring baked potatoes, hot dogs and nachos.

Chamber board of directors member Lonnie Jacob said past quarter auctions she has attended offered a festive atmosphere.

“There’s a lot of fun and a lot of social. I think there is a following,” Jacob said of quarter auctions.

Meanwhile, another chamber fundraiser, the annual Koeze Nut Sale, is underway. Catalogues can be viewed at the chamber office at 108 Zane Highway, Martins Ferry. The first orders will be mailed out next week, Klier said.

For more information about the quarter auction or nut sale, call the chamber office at 740-633-2565.