As manager of the Waynedale Branch of the Allen County Public Library, Amanda Vance always looks forward to this time of year.
That’s because it’s time again for a Waynedale holiday tradition that brings decorative holiday wreaths to her library, and much-needed funds to a good Waynedale cause.
The annual Wreath Auction & Sale is already underway at the library, which puts on display several wreaths decorated by local shops that welcome bids to raise money for the Waynedale Corridor Project.
“It’s a great, seasonal way for businesses to showcase themselves and support Waynedale,” said Camille Garrison, organizer of the auction.
Now in its third year, the auction works like this: Businesses around Waynedale are given wreaths, and they decorate them however they wish. And while some businesses choose to embellish the wreaths with some accoutrements of their particular business, others just stick to a holiday theme.
“It’s entirely up to them and their creativity,” Garrison said.
Businesses taking part in this year’s auction include Bobicks Golf, Waynedale Village Apartments, Kingston Residence, Edward Jones – Shawn Wall, Hair Affair, GMI Insurance, Midwest America Federal Credit Union, Star Bank, Englewood Health and Rehabilitation, Umbers Do-It-Best Hardware, and the Clock Shoppe.
In fact, according to Garrison, the Clock Shoppe wreath features a working clock placed right in the middle of its bright, green foliage.
Once they decorate the wreaths however they see fit, they are taken to the Waynedale Library, located at 2200 Lower Huntington Road, and put on display for the public to bid. Stands displaying the wreaths are provided by Moring’s Flowers and Gifts, Garrison said.
Since it’s a silent auction, the public is encouraged to write their bids on sheets attached to the wreaths, then check back to see if they’ve won the auction. If theirs is the winning bid, they go to Star Bank to pickup their wreath and donate its cost.
The event has become very popular, according to Vance. “We definitely have a lot of people who come to the library just to see the wreaths and make bids,” she said.
All proceeds from the auction sale then go to benefit the Waynedale Corridor Project, Garrison said.
In the event’s first year – 2016 – the auction raised more than $400. Since its start, according to Garrison, the auction has brought in close to $1,000 for the Corridor Project.
In fact, Vance, who’s been working at the Waynedale Branch for about three years, said her very second day on the job at the library was the first day of the auction three years ago.
Garrison said the event is not just a way to brighten up homes for the holidays, but it’s also a way to help a good Waynedale cause as well.
“It’s just a way to go out and bid on something fun for the holidays,” Garrison said. “The goal is to give area businesses a chance to participate in a Waynedale event. And it’s all for a good cause.”
Vance agrees that it not only helps the library, but the Waynedale community, as well.
“I love that we’re a part of the community in this way,” Vance said. “And of, course; help the Corridor project at the same time.”