WARSAW — The local not-for-profit group, Indiana Business Opportunity Partners, also known as iBOP, recently gave more than $3,000 to two charities.
iBOP donated $2,895.46 to Beloved: Not Forgotten and $242 to Combined Community Services (CCS) through funds raised at its 8th annual Spring Bling Charity Bazaar and Quarter Paddle Auction on March 13.
Beloved: Not Forgotten was the organization’s Charity of Focus for the event, and tickets for a raffle basket valued at more than $150 raised funds for CCS. The bazaar featured area direct-sales vendors and crafters. Each iBOP member donated an item from their direct sales or home-based business to the raffle basket.
At the event, the first 25 people through the doors received a swag bag containing coupons and gifts. Auction tickets were available in advance for $5 and were $7 the day of the event. Tickets were exchanged for a numbered auction paddle.
Bidders then raised their paddles and supplied a quarter per retail level of the item up for sale, entering them into a drawing for that item. No item cost bidders more than four quarters. There was a winner every round, and there were more than 100 items up for bid, including ones valued at more than $189.
The mission of Beloved: Not Forgotten is to provide a safe residential environment where those victimized by domestic minor sex trafficking in Indiana can begin the transformation of their destinies.
To learn more about Beloved: Not Forgotten and ways to help, please reach out to Dawnna Plummer at 574-265-7966 or visit https://www.belovednotforgotten.net/ or the organization’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/belovednotforgotten.
CCS provides comfort, hope and resources for low-income or in-crisis residents of Kosciusko County.
To learn more about CCS, visit https://ccsgives.com/.
iBOP is hosting its next bazaar and quarter paddle auction fundraiser on Nov. 13 at the Baker Youth Club in Warsaw. The Charity of Focus has yet to be determined for the Winter Wonderland event.
Vendors are currently being accepted for this event. The bazaar is free for all ages.
Tickets are required for the auction, with participants needing to be 18 or older.
To nominate a Charity of Focus for a future iBOP event or to donate items to be used for an auction contact Swanson at the above phone number. Donations are tax-deductible.