WARSAW – The pennies have been counted and the names have been recorded as the Warsaw athletic department has announced its totals for the 2021 athletics auction.
The second hosting of the athletic auction, created to help build funds for the athletic department to continue to provide for Warsaw Community High School students, concluded on Feb. 28.
Athletic director Matt Binkerd announced the silent auctions brought in a total of $23,825, which included bid on every item that was open for bids. The department also announced a donation total of $420 from five independent donors, which will go directly to purchase new equipment for concessions stands at WCHS. The auction bids included 189 registered bidders and 1,191 unique bids.
“This is the second year of the annual WCHS athletic dinner and auction,” began Binkerd. “We had to move to an online only auction this year due to COVID-19 and we were not sure how it would turn out with small businesses being hit hard from the impacts of COVID-19. This community continues to amaze me with their overwhelming support of the the youth and athletic department here in Warsaw.
“We had over 110 items donated and raised just under $24,000 for our athletic teams. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go back to the athletic teams who participated along with 10 percent of the revenue will be set aside for senior banners. This year’s “Paddle Raise” was targeted for new concession equipment in our many concession stands at WCHS. The Hall of Fame induction portion of the auction was postponed until 2022 when we meet back in person again.”