Habitat plans fundraising auction

Published 9:28 pm Friday, April 24, 2015

Selma Habitat for Humanity will hold its 12th annual auction Tuesday night at the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center, where people will get a taste of Selma and an opportunity to bid on various items.

The auction is Habitat for Humanity’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and the money raised from it allows them to build a home each year for a family in need and make repairs to the homes they have built in the past.

“It is a great way to get people out there so we can tell them about Habitat for Humanity and they can see what we do,” said executive director Nina Capps.

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The auction raises between $15,000 and $20,000 a year, and Capps said they are looking to hit that mark again. Since its inception, the organization has put more than 50 families in homes built by Habitat for Humanity. Tickets for the auction are $15 a person and $25 for a couple and can be purchased at the door or at the Habitat for Humanity office, located at 801 Alabama Ave.

Cocktail hour is set to start at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, during which people can take part in the silent auction.

Dinner will offer various tastes of Selma from restaurants like Lannie’s and Hancock’s barbecue.

The main auction will start between 7:30-8 p.m. Capps said local businesses have donated items for people to bid on.

“We have a television set, a smoker, a toaster oven, a lot of tools, a grill, coffee pots and all sorts of things,” Capps said. “People pick up a paddle with their ticket number on it. They get to wave their paddle and bid on items. It just makes it more fun.”

Capps said habitat couldn’t do what they do without the help of the businesses that pitch in for the auction.

“I sincerely appreciate every single item, food or whatever that anybody has donated because we know how hard it is for everybody right now,” Capps said. “It is just remarkable and very, very rewarding that they are supporting our community.”

For more information, call Capps at 419-2591 or Selma Habitat for Humanity at 872-4409.