The award-winning Eastern Greene Scrabble Club needs your help and your cash.
Thursday night, the club is hosting its annual big fundraiser of the year ---- a silent auction in the middle school cafeteria, starting at 5 p.m.
Bids will be taken throughout the evening until about 9 p.m. during the playing of a pair of boy's basketball games and a pair of girl's basketball games.
Eastern Greene's 5th and 6th grade boys team will play Spencer-Owen in the elementary school gym, while 7th and 8th grade girls teams will host Clay City in the middle school gym.
Eastern Greene Scrabble team sponsor Dinah Fuller said this event is the big fundraiser of the year for the club, which uses the money raised at this event to finance its annual trips to compete in the National School Scrabble competition.
"This is it for us. We do probably five or six fundraisers throughout the year, but this one that makes it or breaks it for us," Fuller said. "We try to have a little seed money from the past year to build on. We have a little left from last year. Hopefully, we'll make enough this year to go."
This year's national event, the 11th straight for Eastern's Scrabblers, will be hosted in Washington D.C. May 3-4.
Fuller plans to send four two-person teams to the nationals, which will cost about $1,000 a student. This covers airfare, meals, hotel lodging and sightseeing costs.
Typically, the silent auction brings in about $4,000, which is key to making the yearly educational trip possible for the talented Scrabble players.
State competition in Indianapolis is set for March 2. Fuller will send six teams to state and then select four to advance on to the nationals.
More than 300 items have been donated from businesses, organizations and individual in Greene, Monroe and Lawrence counties, as well as from other destinations like Indianapolis and Santa Claus ---- home of Holiday World.
Among the items to be auctioned include: Overnight stays at nearby hotels/cabins, food certificates, model train cars, antiques, artwork, carpet, free bowling, clothing, furniture, house cleaning, Holiday World/Splashin' Safari tickets, limo coupons, handmade items, Indianapolis Indians tickets, More than 90 thematic baskets, sporting goods, Longaberger, 31 bags, photography packages, ricks of wood and much more.
"This is a great community event. Everyone is invited to attend. Four games will be played that night and concessions will also be served," Fuller added.