The Greene Center may soon become a center for bargains.
The Southern Jackson County Community Foundation, which oversees the center, is considering holding auctions at least once a month in order to raise funds.
During a meeting Tuesday, Rhonda Barnette, owner of the Bargain House in Ripley, and Jackson County Commissioner Mitch Morrison presented the idea to the foundation’s board of directors.
The foundation would be able to use the monthly auction as a way to raise funds to assist in operating the community center, Morrison said.
Barnette has many contacts in the auction business, Morrison said, and has spoken to several people who are interested in conducting auctions at the center.
The foundation would receive a percentage of the auction company’s proceeds, as well as any funds generated by selling concessions. Foundation members also could conduct a baked goods auction to raise money.
Morrison said other local groups have had great fundraising success with auctions.
“We can make this work. I’ve seen what you all can do here,” he said.
Foundation president Ann Greene Parsons agreed that a monthly auction is a great idea.
“I think this is something the Greene Center could host that would benefit us as well as the community,” she said.
The foundation would need to acquire a state license permitting auctions on the premises. The other items needed, such as ledgers and the necessary documentation tools, are easily obtainable, Barnette said.
The foundation also would need to provide volunteers to help with setup and operation of the auction, as well as for operation of the concession stand.
“It will take a lot of time and volunteers,” Barnette said.
Parsons said the foundation hasn’t been short on volunteers so far. A great majority of the work that was done to convert the former Kenna Elementary School into the Greene Center was done by volunteers, she said.
Unfortunately, the center does not currently have a furnished kitchen. However, the center would still be able to make concession items with hot plates and slow cookers. Several of the volunteers, including foundation board members, already have food handler cards and more plan to get certified.
Morrison said he believes an auction at the Greene Center would draw a great crowd.
“I really think with your proximity to Kanawha County, you will be able to draw people from all over,” he said.