Sparks High will hold its 12th annual Quarter Auction on March 16 at 6 p.m. The fundraiser will take place at the City of Sparks Recreation Center at 98 Richards Way.
Like the Railroaders, Spanish Springs High School will be holding its Fourth Annual Quarter Auction Dinner on April 20 from 6-10 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club at 2680 E. 9th Street in Reno. Dinner will include an all-you-can-eat Mexican food buffet, a nacho bar, and all-you-can-drink margaritas and beer. Dinner tickets are $25, while a table for eight is $175.
For the Railroaders, the quarter auction is its largest fundraiser for athletics and has helped finance a number of areas for SHS sports.
“We use it for our entry fees in tournaments for all the teams and the expenses that come with that,” Sparks Athletic Director Rob Kittrell said. “In the past, we have bought all the new track equipment when we got the new track such as new hurdles. It helps buy new uniforms for teams. It really just goes toward anything that needs to be replaced or kept up.”
While the Railroaders’ fundraiser is geared solely toward athletics, the Spanish Springs quarter auction supports a number of SSHS areas, including athletics, academics, clubs and scholarships.
“This event is a blast and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly back to our students,” said Lori Fralick, Spanish Springs Booster Club President, via e-mail. “The quarter auction is a great way to support our school. There will be amazing auction items to win. It is easy, fun, and a great way to support SSHS. Our goal is to have over 300 people attend this year. We need to continue to build a strong relationship with our community and families.”
The quarter auctions work in similar fashions. For Sparks High, participants must drop a quarter in a bucket to become eligible to win. At SSHS, a sombrero replaces the bucket. Participants can also buy an unlimited bidding paddle ($30) to be eligible to win all prizes or for $15 can bid on individual items, with a quarter donation for each item.
“It’s almost something you have to see to understand,” Kittrell said. “It’s a lot of fun. We auction off about 150 of prizes like that and almost everybody walks away a winner.”
By the end of the auctions, even those who do not make a winning bid are still left feeling like the night was a success for all involved.
“It’s an extremely fun night for the Spanish Springs community to come together,” SSHS Athletic Director Art Anderson said. “It’s a chance for the community to get to spend some time together outside of an actual athletic event or club activity. Families get a chance to have a conversation with various coaches and faculty members. It just shows that everybody who attends the event wants to see Spanish Springs excel in areas that help motivate student-athletes to want to do better in school.”
Kittrell echoed the sentiments of the Railroaders’ event.
“The neat thing that I see about it is we have a lot of alumni show up from the ‘50s all the way up to kids that graduated 10 years ago when we first started this,” he said. “So it’s really a cool Sparks High event. It’s great. It’s great to know that there is still that love for Sparks High School and people want to give back to our kids and help them out.”