PREBLE COUNTY — The Preble County Art Association (PCAA) raised over $45,000 during its sixth consecutive Bad Art, Good Folk fundraiser held on Saturday, Oct. 3.
This year’s auction was held online as nine “Good Folk” were led by PCAA instructors to create their masterpieces and help raise money for the PCAA.
Those watching at home were able to participate in the virtual auction through an online fundraising organization called GiveSmart.
PCAA Executive Director Vicky Fanberg said the event was successful, and that they went into it uncertain of how everything would come out, hopefully avoiding any technology issues.
“It is a little awkward not knowing – usually you have an event that’s ticketed, and you know how many people you’re expecting, and you can feed off the energy in the crowd. Just being up there and speaking to a camera, but not really knowing who’s out there watching you, is a little stressful,” she said. “But, ultimately, I couldn’t be happier with the amount of money raised since we really weren’t sure what to expect.”
Todd Appledorn was Saturday’s big winner, bringing in over $11,000.
“We’re really grateful for our donors and everybody that contributed to the fundraiser,” Fanberg said. “Despite COVID-19, we’re still open and we’re still trying to do things in a safe way, and that are socially distanced and trying to still serve kids and all of our different populations that we want to get involved.”
While it was an unusual year with the auction taking place online, Fanberg said there could be some aspects from the virtual auction implemented for next year’s event.
“Being able to give that at home option was kind of cool,” she said. “Who knows what’s gonna happen next year, just because of COVID-19, but if we have the ability to do a live event in the future, I think we would consider still adopting this kind of virtual option to it.”
Sponsors for the event included: Edison State Community College, Muha Construction, LCNB National Bank, Reid Health, Kramer & Kramer Inc., Lawn Plus, RDA Group Architects, Twin Valley Bank, Henny Penny, National Bourbon League, Mike Loy’s Collision, Bullen Ultrasonics, Springmier Farms, Halderman Farm Management, Eaton Lions, Simon Insurance, Skyline Chili, Essence of Wellness, Ohio Army National Guard, and Lewisburg Life.
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