SWFHR Quarter Auctions
Wild and crazy family fun event. Winning items for as little as $0.25.
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You’re invited on Saturday, May 6th, from 12 PM to 3 PM to a Quarter Auction hosted at The American Legion Post 336 off Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers!

The American Legion has limited seating capacity on their outdoor covered deck, therefore, we have to guarantee the number of patrons by asking everyone to pre-register.  SWFHR has always taken the stance of not requiring fees to participate in any of our hosted events and this fundraiser is no different.  In order to identify how many people will truly attend, a pre-purchase has been required to guarantee you a seat at the fundraiser.  For a fee of $15 paid before the date of the event, you will be guaranteed a seat and you will receive a roll of quarters (at the door, valued at $10), and (2) free bidding paddle rentals (valued at $5).  So basically, you will receive fair value back at the door with no admission.  This allows us to continue our stance of not requiring fees to our supporters.


For the entire year of 2020 we are celebrating 10 years of rescuing horses in our local community and we hope you can help us make it big.  If you can’t make it to this event we ask that you consider helping SWFHR make this year special with at least a $10 donation, representing 10 years of rescue, to our Anniversary Campaign. see more about how to help here…

We will accept ticket Pre-Purchases until all seats are full or May 5th, whichever comes first.

A quarter auction is a cross between an auction & a raffle where people bid on items using numbered bidding paddles and a rate of quarters per paddle to bid on one item.  Unlike regular auctions, at a Quarter Auction, you don’t have to increase a bid to potentially win an item.  Yet, like a raffle, your numbered paddle(s) is like your raffle ticket(s), where if you raise a paddle to bid on an item and they call your number, you WIN.

The fact that you don’t have to keep increasing your bidding amount (like an actual auction) enables you to win valuable items for as little as one quarter up to 4 quarters without spending large sums of money.   Quarter auctions are a great way to raise much-needed funds for our communities.

If you’ve never been to one of SWFHR’s Quarter Auctions, here is how they work:

You must rent at least one bidding paddle at the door when you arrive. Yes, you can rent as many paddles as you like.  Each paddle is numbered and has a corresponding poker chip.  Once you’ve decided how many paddles you want to rent, we will hand you those paddles.  Then we pull the corresponding numbered poker chip(s) to your bidding paddles and place them in a tumbler, much like a Bingo spinner.

At the start of the auction, our MC will hold up the first item up for bid.

  • let’s say: we hold up a $25 gift card to Outback Steakhouse.

Our MC will ask for a certain number of quarters based on the item’s value.

  • let’s say: the MC asks for two quarters for this item, you have the option to bid by placing 2 quarters in the bowl on your table and then you may hold up your bidding paddle(s).
    Side note:  If you have 2 or more paddles you may bid for some or all of your paddles – provided you put the same amount of quarters per bidding paddle for each of the ones you raise in the air.
    FYI, we have seen this more than once, someone only chose to bid with 1 of their paddles and sure enough, the number drawn was the number on the paddle they did not use. Don’t let this happen to you. Lol!

One of our runners will then pick up the collection bowl at your table and empty the quarters from the bowl and turn them in.  Once all runners have returned to the collection point the MC will announce for the tumbler to stop spinning and draw a numbered poker chip.  The number drawn must correspond to a current paddle in the air for a winner.  If you have that number but didn’t raise that paddle you can not play it at this point.  All paddles are to remain in the air until a winner is found.  There is no more money to be added, we simply spin and pull until we have a winner.  This may take a few times of drawing to do so.

  • Example: Let’s say you have 4 paddles and you really really want that $25 gift card, you bid all 4 paddles by placing 8 quarters in the bowl. We spin and draw one of your numbers, you just won a $25 gift card for $2!!!!

This goes on until we run out of items.

Our Quarter Auctions usually only last about 2 hours and they are a LOT of fun for the entire family!

Each person attending should bring plenty of quarters so that you can bid, bid, bid.  Of course, we will have quarters on stand by.  If you would like to donate an item(s) to SWFHR to offer up for bid at our next quarter auction or any fundraiser for that matter please contact info@swfhr.org or call (239) 567-4111.

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The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.