NAME selects 'Charity Newsies' as The Recipient of the 2015 Silent Auction Proceeds
On a blustery day in 1907, a group of businessmen sat in a restaurant in Columbus Ohio and watched a ragged newsboy sell newspapers on the street corner. Feeling sorry for the boy, they invited him in out of the cold, and began selling the papers for him, yelling “It’s all for charity”. They sold them all and collected enough money to buy him warm clothing, and send him home with more money than he had even collected. That same year over 50 local businessmen took to the streets of Columbus the Sunday before Christmas to sell a special edition of the newspaper, and they raised $700 to help clothe local needy children. They called themselves “Charity Newsies” and now over 100 years later, their mission continues “that no child misses a day of school because they did not have adequate clothing”. In 1936, in nearby Lancaster Ohio, local businessmen began the same tradition of selling special edition newspapers on the second Saturday of December each year.
The Charity Newsie motto is “100%”, because 100% of all fundraising dollars go directly to donations, and 100% of administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by members through annual dues. Over the years, Charity Newsies has expanded its outreach to also include school supplies for classrooms, food boxes for kids during the Christmas break, and food and clothing for children who have fallen victim to fire, flood, and other disasters. The joy we get to witness on a child’s face when we give them new clothes, holiday food, or food and lodging after a disaster, is nothing compared to what it means to be a “Newsie”, and know that your actions made a child’s life better. Thank you NAME and its members for your support of our local Central Ohio Charity.
At each conference, NAME sponsors a silent auction to benefit a local charity. Our silent auction is conducted by setting up tables of items donated by NAME Conference attendees upon which people can bid. A minimum bid is established on bidding sheets located near the donated items, which allows for people to write down their names and bids. This gives people a chance, during the conference, to tour the different items available for auction and decide upon which items they would like to bid. Each bidding sheet shows all previous bids so that people participating in the silent auction know they need to bid higher in order to get the item. They also have the opportunity to revisit the bidding sheets before the auction is closed if they really want something being offered at the silent auction.
NAME Conference attendees are asked to bring/donate items representing your home state to be auctioned off. All proceeds from the silent auction go directly to the local charity selected by NAME.