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The ninth edition of the T3 paddle auction (Totes for Tots and Teens) is scheduled for Sunday, April 14th at 14:00. at the Hall of the Knights of Columbus in Batesville. Doors open at 1.30pm

The cost is $ 15, which includes snacks, desserts, tea or lemonade and a paddle.

Fun has a worthy goal. Participants, who must be at least 18 years old, win fabulous prizes by offering a quarter or a dollar based on the value of the prize. Each participant can go home happy "knowing that you will help foster children and other poor children" in 15 southeastern counties of the Indiana, including Franklin, Ripley, Rush and Decatur, stresses Lisa Haessig, secretary of the organization . The money collected from this event will purchase their backpacks and school supplies for the 2019-20 school year.

"For the 2018-19 school year, the T3 Project has filled over 2,300 requests for backpacks" and school supplies, "according to Haessig." To date, we have delivered almost 15,300 backpacks to children. "Also, so far they have been 3,500 night bags filled with personal hygiene items, toys and books for children who are in foster care delivered.

"Last year, we had a full house and we raised well over $ 8,900! This year we expect another sold-out event with over 250 participants."

President Carrie Wesseler says: "I guarantee you will have a great time helping local foster children, so save your accommodations and book your ticket today!"

New awards continue to bring participants back. Some of the attractive items at auction so far are an overnight stay at the French Lick Resort with golf outings; Belterra Casino Resort overnight stay with resort fee $ 200; $ 100 gift card for St. Elmo Steak House, Indianapolis; Bags by Kate Spade and Coach; gift vouchers for Perfect North Slopes and Holiday World; Cincinnati Reds Tickets; jewels (obviously); and much more.

The website www.projectt3.com explains how the event works: "When you arrive, you will receive a paddle with a number. At the beginning of the auction, the announcer will show an item (which is was donated by a local company, an individual or national sponsor. It will give you a description of the object and an estimated value. It will then instruct you on how much your offer is worth (one, two, three or four quarters If you are interested in winning that item, put the quantity of quarters in the container at the center of the table and hold the paddle up If the number extracted from the hopper is your number, you win that number. You will need to make an offer for each shovel you hold, but you are not required to use all the paddles for each item.

"However, if you don't want to have the chance to win that item, don't put the money in the container and leave the paddle on the table. If your number is extracted, please say no offer in so that the announcer knows how to draw another number. "

Extra paddles cost $ 1 each. The advantage? "You want more chances to win", provides the secretary.

She advises, "Bring your sandwiches for fun!" Guests who run out of coins, but still want to bid, can exchange fresh quarter-dollar bills at every table.

This year the participants can expect even more prizes for the doors and not one, but two 50/50 drawings for the chances of winning money.

Tickets are available at two locations in Batesville, Lisa's Sew & Tux, 2033 State Road 229; or Joan & # 39; s T-Shirt Printing, 16 E. Boehringer St.

Other non-profit officials from Batesville are Vice President Kim Stock and Treasurer Wendy Meyer. Seven other members of the committee ensure that the party takes place: Linda Crowell, Mary Beth Freyer, Barb Gunselman, Joan Haessig, Sandi Jester, Kristin Obermeyer and Crystal Simmons.

To help make this year a success, the organizers are asking businesses, clubs and people in the area to contribute gift certificates, items or gift baskets by April 8th. if possible. They will be listed on the program of the event, on the website and on the newsletter.

Furthermore, tax-deductible monetary donations "would be great," says Haessig. The money is used to buy school supplies and toiletries.

For tickets and donor information, people can contact Haessig at 812-934-2585 or projectt3@hotmail.com, or send donations to Lisa Haessig, 2033 State Road 229, Batesville IN 47006.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at address debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, int. 113.

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