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Dinner and Auction to raise money for Crisis Center & St. William

By Linda CooperFlag City Logo

The Millington Crisis Center and St. William Catholic Church will host their Seventh Annual Chinese auction and spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, at 5:30 p.m. at the St. William Family Life Center, 4932 Easley St. Tickets for the event are $10 and may be purchased in advance at the church office or at the door Saturday evening.
According to Lois Wilber, director of the Millington Crisis Center, this event is the nonprofit organization’s biggest money maker.  Funds raised will help provide a broad range of assistance to Millington residents in need, including monetary assistance with rent and utilities.
The Center also provides donated gently used clothing, household and personal care items, as well as referrals for additional social service resources. The Crisis Center and the church split the proceeds from the event.
The spaghetti dinner includes a salad and bread, as well as ice cream for dessert donated by Memphis Ice Cream. St. William’s Knights of Columbus organization donates the groceries as well as prepares the meal, Shirley Maes, the chairperson for the event for the church explained. She also noted, all of the more than 100 items donated for the auction are from individuals, many of them members of the St. William Women’s Club and other parishioners. Many items also are donated by the Navy Wives Club and people familiar with the work of the Crisis Center, Wilber added. All of the items are new, with a least a $10 retail value. “We can always use more donated items,” Maes said.
The price of the dinner ticket also includes 20 numbered tickets for the auction. Attendees use the tickets to place bids on the donated items. Bags are placed in front of all the items for persons to insert their tickets. Following bidding, a winning ticket is drawn from each bag. “It’s really a lot of fun, and depends on the luck of the draw,” Maes said. An additional 20 tickets for bidding may be purchased for $5.
A few of the items to be auctioned include a Wizard of Oz wicked witch collectable, a bottle of wine with four wine glasses, a St. Francis bird feeder, and a four-piece stoneware canister set with matching tea pot. Attendees can get a sneak peek at the items up for bid beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Wilber noted she has seen many new individuals and families coming to the Crisis Center for assistance this spring. “We really need money to help,” she stressed.
Immediate needs at the Crisis Center include donated household items such as pots and pans, and silverware, as well as furnishings such as sofas and twin-size beds.
In addition to the auction, members of the community can help raise funds for the organization by bringing recyclable items to the Center. Through a partnership with Terracycle www.terracycle,com, the Center accepts recyclable items that can be dropped off at the Center located at 8133 Wilkinsville Road. Items include empty drink pouches and straws, individual candy wrappers and outer bags, individual and family size chip bags, and more. Email: millingtoncrisiscenter@gmail.com for a complete list of items.
Further, through the Kroger Community Rewards program, using a Kroger Shoppers Card, persons can start an account online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com and designate the Millington Crisis Center as their charity of choice, and Kroger will donate five percent of all purchases to the Center each time the card is used.
For more information contact the Millington Crisis Center at 872-4357, email at millingtoncrisiscenter@gmail.com or visit the Center’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/millingtoncrisiscenter. To offer donations to the Center or other assistance call Lois Wilber at 857-0411.

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