A recent donation to Oaklawn Hospital’s upcoming 24th Annual Oaklawn Hospital Benefit Auction offers a fund-raising opportunity to local residents and service organizations.
A creative package including 300 customized adult short-sleeved T-shirts has been donated by FUG Inc. of Marshall, a T-shirt, graphics and sign shop. The winning bidder then may select a design or create a new one to be printed on the shirts.
“You can go up to six colors on the front and back,” said the company’s owner, Don Kujawa. “Whoever wins the package at the auction can pick the color of the shirt and determine the ultimate design of the shirt.”
“Someone could win this and then donate it to a community service project,” said FUG employee Cindy Lake, a member of the auction’s acquisitions committee. “Then the people in charge of the project could sell the shirts to raise funds. At $10 per shirt, that could come to thousands of dollars for a worthwhile project.”
The winner of the package also will be given a chance to drive or ride in the company’s decorated truck during the annual Christmas parade in downtown Marshall.
“It’s just super-fun to be in the Christmas parade,” Lake said.
“We’re a new company so this is a way for us to get involved in the community and showcase what we do,” Kujawa said. “Besides, we need a strong hospital. This will help make our community stronger.”
Auction chairman Ryan Traver said he was grateful for the generous donation, and for the fact that the winning bidder won’t have to wait long to have the T-shirts printed. Traver is the owner of BluFish Consulting in Marshall.
“Whoever wins this deal could put their order in on a Monday and have it back Wednesday,” Kujawa said.
More information about Marshall-based FUG Inc. is available online at www.fugonline.com or by calling (269) 781-8036.
Specific information about the auction and its associated details – including a catalog of items being offered – is being updated online at oaklawnhospital.org/auction.
The doors of the Marshall Activity Center at 15325 W. Michigan Ave. will open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and the auction will start at 7 p.m.
Tickets will be available for the reduced rate of $40 on or before Feb. 28, and at the door for a $45 donation per person, $25 of which is tax-deductible.
Hundreds of items already have been received from area businesses and individuals for the auction – including dinners, appliances, specialty products, services, gift certificates, trips, vacation packages and show tickets. To buy tickets online or for more information, visit oaklawnhospital.org/auction.
Anyone wishing to assist or ask a question about this year’s auction is asked to contact Theresa Shippell in Oaklawn’s Development Department at (269) 789-3942.