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Quarter auction to benefit local health clinic

By the WPD STAFF

A charity quarter auction will be held this Saturday to benefit 85HOPE, a health clinic for the uninsured and underinsured living in Wabash County.

The clinic serves about 40 to 50 clients each month out of Wabash Friends Church despite only being open two days per week. Executive Director Sandra Boone says 85HOPE will expand its outreach in June by opening a new, part-time clinic out of the North Manchester United Methodist Church in downtown North Manchester.

The clinic, which is staffed by volunteer physicians and nurses, was originally founded to provide medical care to the uninsured population in Wabash County. But Boone says most calls now come from clients who have insurance but are still unable to afford basic medical care.

Services include basic medical and specialty care, including vision, counseling and dental.

Saturday’s quarter auction will open at 1 p.m. in Southwood Elementary School, with a charity bazaar open that morning from 9-1 p.m. The event will be hosted by area networking group Indiana Business Opportunity Partners (iBOP).

“We wanted to bring awareness to what 85HOPE does in the county,” said Tara Smith, vice president of iBOP.

The bazaar portion of the event will feature booths from area vendors of local interest, the proceeds of which will be donated to Helping Hands. Local businesses and artists have donated items to be given away during the quarter auction to benefit 85HOPE.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Participants must by 18 years or older to play in the quarter auction.