Strikes for Stansfield goes virtual to benefit Indianapolis nonprofit 

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stansfield Circle cannot conduct its largest fundraiser –the 10th annual Strikes for Stansfield — as a live event. But no matter.

Stansfield Circle President Becky Gillum is confident the volunteer service organization’s alternative format — a silent online auction — will meet or exceed last year’s tally of $25,000. 

Gillum

“We are always excited about our fundraiser, and this year’s shift from a live event to a virtual event is no exception,” said Gillum, the event’s co-chair. “Online charity auctions have tremendous appeal to a lot of people who juggle busy schedules.”

Strikes for Stansfield is an annual fundraiser for Fletcher Place Community Center, a nonprofit in Indianapolis that provides programs and services to help low- and medium-income individuals meet basic life needs, such as food, clothing, pantry goods, preschool supplies, hot meals and senior outreach initiatives.

All net proceeds from Strikes for Stanfield benefit Fletcher Place Community Center.

Until this year, the Strikes for Stansfield fundraiser has been a bowling event. But because of the pandemic, Stansfield Circle is instead conducting a silent online auction. Premiere bid items include jewelry by Jeff West Jewelry Designs; an Aaron McClaren SP private garage tour at 6803 Coffman Rd, Indianapolis; a 2003 Victory Vegas cruiser motorcycle; a Tucson, Ariz. Excursion; accessory from Khamis Jewelers; and a Silly Safari Extreme Birthday Party, among other items.

“We support Fletcher Place Community Center because they continue to work miracles with every dollar we raise for them,” said Gillum, whose organization has supported Fletcher Place Community Center since 1956. “Whether it’s a child who desperately needs a new pair of shoes, a family in need of a meal or a senior citizen who lives on the edge of poverty or loneliness, Fletcher Place Community Center offers a compassionate safety net to fill these needs.”

To participate, online bidder registration is required and will open Feb. 14. To register, visit wedoauctions.com/bidapp/index.php?slug=sfs. There is no fee to view auction items. Live bidding begins at 10 a.m. March 1 and closes at 3 p.m. March 7.

For more information, visit stansfieldcirle.org.


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