MARSHALL - It promises to a fun afternoon of shopping, mixed with games of chance - all for a good cause: helping women help women and children.
A Quarter Fundraiser for the Women's Rural Advocacy Programs starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 100 Church St. in Marshall. Tickets are available at the WRAP office on 7th Street in Marshall. Tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the door. For more information call 507-215-7677 or go on Facebook: Facebook.com/CaringQuarters.
When Brenda Banks read that WRAP, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services for women and their children victimized by domestic violence, was suffering from cuts in state funding, she got to work and planned a fundraiser for the charity with 100 percent of the profits going to help out the agency's good works.
Banks said she is doing it as a hobby and as a way of giving back after the community helped her out after a fire at her home.
"I help non-profits out and I saw that WRAP was struggling," she said.
Karen Brady, the Lyon County program coordinator, said WRAP is indeed struggling. The staff has taken an eight-hour cut in hours, going from a 40-hour work week to 32. The need for services still remains, so the staff is volunteering 72 hours to answer phones for the 24-hour crisis line.
Brady said in her 25 years of experience, this year the organization has taken the hardest hit.
"I've seen ups and downs, but this is the worst," she said. "We are climbing uphill as it is only to be slapped down."
The WRAP staff has been looking into grants and has sponsored garage sales to fund their program but, "we have to get the legislators to do their work to get us our money. (These short-term fixes) can only last for awhile."
However, Brady said, with the help of the community, "we're still willing to provide the service."
Brady said she was surprised by the offer of Banks' help and welcomes the effort.
"It sounds like a fun event," she said.
Banks said the quarter fundraisers are becoming "real popular; it's big in South Dakota and other states and there are other ones in Minnesota."
The fundraiser is a "cross between an auction and a raffle," Banks said. Participants bid 25, 50 or 75 cents or $1, depending on the value of the item being auctioned. When all bids are collected, the auctioneer will draw a number chip from the container. If the number on the bidder's paddle matches the number on the chip drawn, he or she wins that item.
Among the products up for auction are "holiday-themed items, a handmade and embroidered quilt and kids toys including bouncy horses that gallop and whinny," she said.
Big ticket items include a gourmet catering package for 10 valued at $250 and a one-night stay at Prairie's Edge Casino with buffet for two.
"For only $2 in the kitty, you could draw a winner," Banks said.
Vendors will be on hand as well including lia sophia, Norwex, Do You bake?, Miche Bags, Jamberry, Rendi Styles, Scentsy Taylor'd Cakes, Tupperware, Thirty-One, and Pink Papaya.
The WRAP staff will have a booth and will sell hot dogs, chips and pop.
"I'm really excited to see how it all goes," Brady said.