Barnegat Light — On the Saturday night before Memorial Day at the fire hall in Barnegat Light, something special happens every year. The community, and visitors who want to be a part of it, come out to support the fire company at an enticing auction capped off by homemade food and available bar on the side.
This year the auction date is May 25. In each of its recent years the event has raised $20,000 or more to be donated to the fire company.
“The sole purpose of this bidding auction is to raise funds for the Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Co.,” said Auxiliary President Marie Stone, president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Barnegat Light Fire Co., which organizes the auction.
“In addition, it provides an opportunity for local townspeople, second homeowners and vacationers to get to know the members of the fire company and the ladies’ auxiliary.”
The 45 members of the auxiliary get donations from local businesses and individuals, who contribute gift certificates, cash donations, artwork (photography, oil paintings and watercolors) and decorative nautical items from local shops.
One of the highlights at this year’s auction is two tickets to the sold-out Broadway show “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Other sought-after items will include sea scallops from Viking Village, a moonlight tram ride through the dunes, and a Super Bowl football from the Super Bowl 53 Patriots vs. Rams game.
Tickets, $10 each, are available at the door. Tickets include a large selection of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and desserts that have been made by the members of the auxiliary, a cash bar provided by the fire company, and a night of fun, provided by the two auctioneers, Ron Chaffee and Bill Meck.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-auction browsing and enjoying the appetizers. Bidding starts at 6:30 p.m.
“Putting on this auction takes a lot of planning, footwork and teamwork to make it the success it is every year,” Stone said. “But we’re committed to our fire company because they go all out for us, by protecting not only the residents of Barnegat Light, but also High Bar Harbor and Loveladies.
“They are there for us, so we are here for them.”