By Benjamin Flowers: The Placencia Humane Society’s (PHS) silent auction held on December 30, has become the organization’s biggest fundraiser ever, according to society’s president Melanie Wilcher.
A silent auction is an event at which items for sale are displayed for attendees to assess, place bids on, and purchase. However, unlike most auctions, there is no auctioneer present, and participants place their bids silently and anonymously on a bid sheet using a bidding number—hence the name silent auction.
Wilcher told BBN today that the organization, like all others, was severely restricted from holding fundraising events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the needs of animals that needed assistance continued to grow. With protocols finally relaxed the PHS managed to hold the auction, with support from individuals and businesses in the community.
She noted that the final tally is still pending, but that the estimated amount made by the event is in excess of $35,000.
“A hundred percent of the funds go back into the animals,” Wilcher said, “We help to support those who can’t afford to care for their animals, we also run spay and neuter campaigns and focus on education.”
Wilcher said that the event could not have been successful without the planning committee comprised of herself along with Martin Krediet-General Manager of Turtle Inn; Katie Chrysler- Board member of Placencia Humane Society; Tamara Fulmes-Animal lover and PHS supporter; and Paula Lawter-Animal lover and PHS supporter.
She added that the PHS is currently working on a major project to relocate its office from its current address, which is a rental space, onto the organization’s own property, which will give more room to expand services including a dedicated facility for triage.