By Clay Coleman
VANDALIA—Vandalia’s YMCA kicked off its first annual fundraising campaign Saturday, Nov. 9, by holding a quarter madness auction to help raise funds for local residents in need of membership assistance.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., residents had the chance to bid on several items one quarter at a time. The proceeds for this auction and future fundraisers go towards new equipment, fitness programs, and assisting Vandalia and the surrounding area residents with the cost of membership. Debbie Hopke, branch director for Eastern Missouri Family YMCA, explained, “We are required to raise a certain percentage each year to help with financial assistance for members who aren’t capable of paying for full membership.”
With sandwiches and homemade desserts provided by Van-Far’s National Honor Society, people could bid on items ranging from Wood’s famous BBQ sauce to Mary Steiner’s Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500.
Later, when asked how much money was donated, Hopke replied, “I don’t know, I’m still counting all the quarters!”
Coin rolls aside, Hopke was overjoyed at the auction’s success.
“We expected 50 to 75 people to attend. Instead, over 120 showed up.” The YMCA later reported on its website that the event made more than $4,000.