Of the several fundraisers the Turkeyfoot Benefit Crew conducts annually, easily the most popular and best attended is the parade and auction, which this year takes place June 20, at Turkeyfoot Point of course, located on Indians Lake’s Northside.
Organizer Marcia Linch said that there will be over 100 items up for auction at the annual event, including two tickets to the Ohio State/Hawaii football game in Columbus this fall, a jersey signed by Buckeye football legend Archie Griffin and, keeping with tradition, a huge scarlet and gray wheelbarrow filled well over the brim with top-shelf spirits, which is always one of the most popular and sought-after items in the auction. At last year’s auction, another item that received a ton of bids was a large cooler fully stocked with adult beverages and ice, a ready-to-go party.
Another highlight of the event is the raffle. This year the Turkeyfoot Benefit Crew has went all out as the owner of the winning raffle ticket will be taking home a customized, street-legal golf cart. Tickets for the golf cart raffle are $5 apiece, or five tickets for $20 and can be purchased from one of the many TBC volunteers that will be blanketing Turkeyfoot Point on June 20.
From the beginning, the Turkeyfoot Benefit Crew has donated all monies realized from the auction and raffle to local Hospice programs that serve Auglaize, Hardin, Logan and Shelby counties. Last year the TBC raked in over $16,000 for local Hospice services, and in past years have broken the $20,000 mark.
The parade will start promptly at 11 a.m. near the entrance of Turkeyfoot Point just off Ohio Route 235 and proceed to the Tilton Hilton. The Antioch Shiners will make their annual appearance in the parade, bringing along with them their compassion mixed with nuttiness. In the 2014 parade, the Shiners rolled out a 1920s-vintage REO paddy wagon, which came with both a prisoner and guards.
The auction and raffle will take place on the lawn south of the Tilton Hilton following the parade.