(Beaver Dam) An antique tractor pull and auction will be held at Badgerland Park near Watertown on Saturday April 28th with all proceeds benefiting Stop Heroin Now an organization dedicated to assisting individuals who are struggling with opioid addiction and seeking recovery. Recently Stan Jones of Jones Auction Service and Amy Schroeder from Stop Heroin Now took a moment to speak on Community Comment about their upcoming event. Jones says this has been in the thought tank for a couple of years and decided to launch it this year. He says to team up with the Stop Heroin people was a perfect fit and we wanted it to be a charitable kind of an event.
The event will start with an antique tractor pull at 10am which is open to all antique and vintage farm tractors and is limited to the first 100 participants to sign up for the event. A $20 hook up fee will be charged with all proceeds from those fees going directly to Stop Heroin Now. Prizes will be awarded for 1st through 4th place in each category. Jim from Luedtke Eliminators will be running the pull and those interested in participating should reach out to Jim via his Facebook page or by phone at (262) 707-4635.
The tractor pull will be followed by an antique, classic, and vintage tractor auction. Consignment fees are only $25 per item with all those proceeds also going directly to Stop Heroin Now. There will be a zero percent commission for items sold during this auction. Jones mentioned that early consignors will get the best advertising on all auction flyers, as well as on radio and print ads.
He also took a moment to explain his motivation behind his partnership with Stop Heroin Now.
Jones says his daughter is a doctor at Rogers Hospital that place that handles this stuff every day, and the people at Stop Heroin Now, they’re the people who are in the trenches every day.
Schroeder explained the impact of every dollar received. She says every $550 that is raised can help one individual in need, whether that be about 12 sessions with a recovery coach and usually a treatment stay.
She also stressed the need for the services provided by Stop Heroin Now. Schroeder says it is still a growing problem unfortunately, the numbers are going up. She added the numbers are going down as far as overdoses nationally as an overall percentage, but there are still places across the nation that are seeing them just grow.
The event will be free and open to the public with the auction also being simulcasted online for anyone unable to attend the event. Anyone looking to add their antique, classic, or vintage tractor to the auction should reach out to Stan of Jones Auction at (920) 261-6820 or visit them online at jonesauctionservices.com. If you are unable to make the event but want to help the cause, you can learn more about Stop Heroin now online at stopheroinnow.org where you can donate to the organization or learn how you can help.