Madison-Plains Boosters auction goes online

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(Posted Feb. 7, 2021)

The Madison-Plains Scholastic Boosters still plan to hold their annual auction, however, the format is different this year.

The auction will take place virtually on March 6. Lunch and purchased auction items will be available for drive-through pickup on March 7 at Madison-Plains High School, 800 Linson Rd., London.

Donated items for the auction can be dropped off at the high school or to any Boosters member through Feb. 26. In years past, donors could drop off items the night before the auction. This year, organizers need more time to combine donations into lots and post them online.

All of the ways to participate in the fundraiser can be found at https://mpsb.betterworld.org. From the website, supporters can bid on auction items, make flat donations, and purchase lunch tickets.

The auction will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 6. Item pickup is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 at the high school.

Anyone who wants to simply donate straight to the auction without purchasing an item can do so. Donations also may be made to the traditional Vallery Farmhouse Bakery cake for the Brandy Ernst Keller Scholarship.

The lunch will feature the Boosters’ football concession stand chicken-and-noodles and mashed potatoes, along with green beans, a dinner roll, and pie for $7. Tickets must be purchased by March 1. The drive-through pickup is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7.

The Boosters are using a free online site that runs solely on donations. For each item, donation, or ticket purchased, the site automatically adds a donation to help cover its own operational expenses. Users can choose to unclick the box and donate $0 or change the percentage amount.

The online auction link is up and running, but only large, individual items will be listed until about one week prior to the auction after which all items will be shown.

Because this is a new format for the fundraiser, organizers anticipate some glitches but are willing to work out any kinks they can.

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