Nikki Busler Hosts a Successful Quarter Auction to Raise Money for Adults with Disabilities

Irene Ruiz 

A quarter auction is a popular method of fundraising. It is part raffle, part auction, where the participants purchase a paddle with corresponding numbered tokens that will go into the raffle basket. They have a list of all the items which are also on display for everyone to see. When the auction begins, the auctioneer and the rest of the workers announce how many quarters they must bid and show the item. Then, the announcer randomly draws a number, and you find out who the winner is.  

In downtown Alton on the night of Feb. 9, Nikki Busler organized such an event to raise money for adults with disabilities. It took place in The LoveJoy thanks to Russ Smith, the owner of the space, and Busler, who works with adults with disabilities.   

People came to have a great time with their friends and family, helping to raise money for a worthy cause. All the funds and benefits collected were donated to different organizations that support adults with disabilities. Not only was the goal achieved, but it was done in such a way that people were involved in the event and the cause, so much so that each one of the prizes was donated for free. 

“All the prizes auctioned at our event were provided free of charge to us. The local businesses in the Riverbend Area were very generous. This was unique and very much appreciated,” Busler said. 

Doing something for the first time is always a little scary in case it does not go well, but in this case, it went a lot better than Busler expected. The room was completely full of people. 

I was blown away by the number of people who came out on a Friday night to support our cause. I have gotten so much positive feedback from attendees that we are thinking of hosting another event,” Busler stated. 

The main reason for this event is Busler’s enthusiasm, admiration, and love for the adults with disabilities she is surrounded by daily. She says they provide a unique perspective on life and how to take advantage of it in the best way possible. Right now, there is not enough support for them on an academic level as there are few state or federal organizations that offer loans, scholarships, or grants to support them. That is why this help is needed. 

“These individuals have enriched my life in many ways. Whenever I see things through their eyes, I am reminded to live each day to its fullest. These adults mean the world to me. I love to advocate for them, so all people will see them the way I do. I see their abilities,” Busler said. 

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