Monday, September 28, 2009


ARCANUM- As the economy is struggling for a recovery, local food banks are feeling the financial pinch and becoming more needed. One group of professionals in Darke County however has found a way to help support local charities while getting some exposure for their businesses.

The Arcanum Direct Sales Network (ADSN), a newly established business networking group based in Darke County, and the Arcanum Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a Quarter Craze to benefit the local Food pantries. ADSN is made up of independent consultants from such companies, as Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Gold Canyon Candles and many more who have donated over 50 auction items ranging in value from $10 to more than $100.

ADSN’s second auction will be held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Arcanum Fire Department, 208 West Main Street in Arcanum. The doors will open early at 2:00 for a preview of the items being auctioned off and seating. Admissions are $1 per person or two non-perishable food items, and open to the public. The ADSN has a goal of reaching 200 items to be donated to area food banks.

The Quarter Craze is a fast paced event where participants use quarters to bid on each item based on the value of the product. For example, if the retail price of an item is between $10-$25, the required bid is 1 quarter (25¢). If the item is between $26-$50, the bid would be 2 quarters (50¢), and so on. Attendees are encouraged to bring one or two rolls of quarters to participate in the auction.

The ADSN and Arcanum Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary wanted to try to find a way to help out local food banks. “We are raising money and accepting cash and food donations to help our local food banks and the auction gives us an opportunity to create a fun environment where we are raising money for a great cause while getting our names out for our businesses.” The Arcanum Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary members will also be present at the auction to help with donations and answer any questions.

All Proceeds from the November 7th auction will be donated to local food pantries. 99% of food banks reported a significant surge for emergency food assistance over the past year; but more than half (55%) of food banks have reported they have had to turn people away. 98% of people are first time users and 92% are people who have just lost their job.

Please no non-bidding children. Refreshments and light snacks will be available for purchase provided by the Arcanum Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Seating is limited. For more information about the Arcanum Direct Sales Network or to RSVP for the event, please contact, Kayleigh Parks by calling (937) 336-1348 or email

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