ENFIELD— A Quarter Auction will be held on Friday, March 7th to benefit the ERfC Summer Escape Scholarship Fund at the Elks Club, 138 Maple Rd in Enfield. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the auction will begin at 7:00 pm.
Kari Monteforte and Lauren Andrews, founders of the non-profit organization 2Mom on a Mission, will host the event. Monteforte and Andrews said, “The mission of 2Moms is to fundraise for various charities and local families in need.”
“We are happy to help Enfield kids who would otherwise not be able to attend the Summer Escape camp without financial assistance,” said Andrews. “This is what 2Moms is all about,” added Monteforte.
“2Moms is most famous for our “infamous” quarter auctions and vendor events,” they added. Claire C. Hall, ERfC Executive Director, said “The evening is a great night out with friends and family. It’s affordable, fun, and an opportunity to support local children.”
Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships for Enfield children to attend the Summer Escape day camp. Summer Escape provides an enrichment day camp for over 150 children. “Many Enfield families cannot afford camp fees for their children. The funds raised from the Quarter Auction will give children an opportunity to attend one week of camp. Hall said Summer Escape will operate this year from June 30th through August 8th at JFK Middle School for children in grades 1-8.
Monteforte said the Quarter Auction will have many vendors, including Tupperware, Mary Kay, 31 Gifts, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, and other crafters who will provide products that will be auctioned for quarters, along with a variety of gift baskets. A tea cup raffle is also included.
In addition, the first 25 people who register at the door will receive a bag of coupons, samples, and gifts from the vendors, Monteforte added.
Admission is $5 and includes 2 auction paddles. Additional paddles can be purchased for $1 each. Monteforte said guests should bring about $10 worth of quarters for bidding. Raffle tickets are also available at an additional cost to participate in the tea cup raffle.
A cash bar, snacks and pizza will also be available for purchase. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks. “Please do not bring in your own alcohol. The prices are just as they would be as part of a private club, so the alcohol prices will not take away from bidding money,” said Monteforte.
Andrews also noted that this is an event for young adults and adults. “As much as we love children, we ask that no children under the age of 13 years old attend this event”, she added.
ERfC, a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides academic, enrichment, and recreational out-of-school time (OST) activities for the Enfield community. In addition to Summer Escape, ERfC operates before-and after School-Age Centers at Henry Barnard, Enfield Street School, Eli Whitney, Hazardville Memorial and JFK Middle School. In-district busing is also available for Parkman and Crandall students to attend ERfC Centers. ERfC also provides additional OST programs for Enfield children including KidZ Sports and Vacation Destination. In collaboration with community members of the Enfield Hunger Action Team (EHAT), ERfC also operates the Summer Lunch Bunch and Tonight in Thompsonville initiatives.
For more information about ERfC, call 860-263-9935, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the ERfC website at www.erfc.us. The ERfC administrative office is located at 50 Post Office Road, in Enfield.