‘Sold!’ - Wareham Firemen’s Association hosts scholarship fundraiser
Enjoying a half of the baked barbeque chicken, indulging in homemade desserts, and getting an unexpected gift — all for a good cause — might sound too good to be true, but it was made possible by the Wareham Firemen’s Association during the second annual Chicken Bake and Surprise Auction.
On Saturday night, more than 100 guests gathered at Redmen Hall on Main Street to support the Alumni Scholarship Fund. All proceeds will benefit graduates of Wareham high and other local schools.
“The scholarship fund is sent to the college that the senior is going to attend, which will put the money towards the tuition or their dorms,” said Town Moderator Claire Smith.
Last year WFA issued three $500 scholarships. The association's treasurer, David Maxim, is aiming to raise more this year, but also said he hopes the auction serves as a place where friends and family members can spend quality time together.
“It is great to see the members of the community to come here and have fun, it adds to scholarships, and it's just a fun time,” said Maxim.
Upon their arrival, guests were offered half of a baked barbeque chicken, baked potatoes, vegetables, bread rolls, coffee, and desserts. After filling up on the food, participants took their chances by entering raffles and bidding in a surprise auction.
Each auction item, donated by auction attendees, was discussed while concealed under wrapping paper. The gifts included a basket of chocolates, paintings, toys, house decor, bath items, and even a 30-inch TV screen, which Ron Nurse won for $35.
“I didn’t know it was a TV, I was kinda shocked it is a TV, I am still kind of shocked,” said Nurse. “When I saw the box that it might be TV, but I thought somebody was discussing it as such.”
Anyone who could not attend Saturday's event but wishes to send a donation can do so by calling Howie Smith at 508-295-4679 or Missy Bourne at 508-295-6534.