Justice Is Served will be a hybrid fundraising event this year with both in-person and online elements to it. The event will benefit the Fannin County Children’s Center and provide critical support services to children, youth and families recovering from abuse and neglect.
First United Bank is the presenting Diamond Sponsor of the event. “It’s our pleasure to sponsor Fannin County Children’s Center’s Justice is Served,” said Alan McDonald with First United. “The volunteers, staff, and Board that serve children in need are unsung heroes. The Children’s Center’s mission aligns with First United Bank’s values of faith and family, as well as seeking to elevate the lives of others. In this case, there are many Fannin County children that can’t protect themselves or care for themselves and so need the center’s services to help them find a loving, safe and healthy place to live at a difficult time in their lives.”
The in-person event will be a Masquerade Ball at the MultiPurpose Complex in Bonham on Saturday, Nov. 13, starting at 6 pm. Tickets and tables are on sale now at the Children’s Center and on their website. Ticket prices include dinner, drinks, desserts and an evening of fun. Fannin County Game Warden Randolph McGee will be the auctioneer for the Live Auction. Bidding in the live auction will be in-person only. Dinner will be served up buffet style by local judges, police chiefs, sheriff, DA and others in the justice system. Guests are encouraged to dress up and wear masquerade masks.
The Baked Goods Auction and Silent Auction will be on-line and anyone with access to the internet can participate without purchasing a ticket.
The Baked Goods Auction will be on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Bidding will open at 7:00 am and end at 5:15 pm. Winners can pick up their items at the Children’s Center the same day until 7 pm or on Thursday or Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Bidding for the Silent Auction will start online at 7 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and end at 9 pm on Saturday, Nov. 13. The online bidding software has many features similar to eBay. Bidders can place a single bid and get text and email alerts when they are outbid. An auto-bid feature allows bidders to place their initial bid and maximum bid and let the software take care of bidding for them. The silent auction items will be on display at the in-person event on Saturday night. Winners who are present can take their items homes that Saturday evening. Winners who do not attend the in-person event can pick up their items at the Children’s Center on Sunday between 2-4 pm or during normal business hours Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm. There will also be options to mail most items to the winners too.
Auction items will include many homemade baked goods, jewelry, home furnishings, hand crafted items, gift cards and gift baskets. Rick Bankston donated a beautiful hand carved eagle (pictured at right) made of oak. Organizers are still seeking auction items to be donated.
Proceeds from the event will provide services to children and youth including counseling, advocacy, forensic interviews and more. There is still time to become a sponsor of the event. Sponsorship and other event information is available at www.fanninccc.org or by calling Andrea or Sandy at (903) 583-4339.