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United Way to Hold First Ever Online Auction Fundraiser

United Way of Hancock County will hold its online auction fundraiser from noon on December 7 through noon on December 9. Bidders can select from more than 50 items. Many items are gift certificates donated from local small businesses like Fins Seafood & Grille, Japan West, West End Tavern and Alexandria’s. Some of the items are: trips to Tuscany, Ireland, Napa Valley, Kentucky and a package to New York City including tickets to the musical Hamilton. Other items include Danby wine/beverage refrigerators, a round of golf for four at the Findlay Country Club and a package including a manicure, pedicure and facial from Tangles Salon & Day Spa. Doug Hiegel, of Hiegel Insurance, has donated a Super Bowl or college game day tailgate party for 12 people which includes Tony’s Ribs, barbecue pork sliders, chicken chunks and side dishes to be delivered to the winner’s location of choice. John Urbanski, CEO of United Way, will be offering a Rocking U pizza party for 10, with the staff of United Way helping with service.

“The winning bidder will receive a verified receipt and will stop by the business to pick up the prize. This ensures that the winners enter local businesses. This is great exposure for our small businesses and the proceeds will help to measurably improve people’s lives in Hancock County,” said Andrea Kramer, chair of the mercantile division for United Way’s 2016 fundraising cabinet.

Any time a bidder is out bid, the charity auction system will send an outbid notification email. If the bidder opted to receive text notifications during the registration process, the bidder can also receive an outbid text notification on the bidders smartphone with a link directly back to the item. This will allow bidders to rebid from anywhere. The bidding site is safe and secure. Winners can pay by credit card or can be invoiced when the auction is over.

Bidders will be required to open an account to bid. To preview the items, click here. The online auction is open to the public. Local businesses can still make a contribution by contacting Tamera Rooney, communications director, at 419-423-1432 or The deadline to donate a prize is 5 p.m. on December 6.