Habitat launches local online auction fundraiser

Offering one-of-a-kind items that aren't your typical doorbusters, Lexington Habitat for Humanity kicked off a fund-raising auction on Black Friday that will continue through Dec. 5.

Called Bids 4 Builds, the auction offers items such as being a bat boy or bat girl at a Lexington Legends baseball game and a behind-the-scenes tour of Jonabell Farm with a picnic lunch and box seats at Keeneland.

Others include a private photography lesson with Guy Mendes, flight instruction from local personality Officer Don Evans, and a one-hour guitar lesson from Tyler Truesdell, the lead singer and guitarist of the local band The Bleats.

Perhaps the most unique item of the bunch, though, is the opportunity to name a sandwich at 6 Friends Cafe, 191 Kentucky Avenue.

"Businesses and individuals have been so creative and generous with the items they have donated," said Dana Stefaniak, resource development director for Lexington Habitat for Humanity. "It has truly created an online auction like no other."

There are also more conventional items like gift certificates and jewelry.

The event is being organized by the Lexington Habitat for Humanity Ambassadors, a group of volunteers.

"Lexington and the surrounding communities have been extremely supportive of this," said Megan Meserve, vice chair of the ambassador program. "We are so fortunate to live in a community that is continually generous and sees the value in what Habitat for Humanity provides, making affordable homeownership a reality for so many."