Closures and social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic have not only affected businesses, schools and celebrations - they have also had an impact on fundraising events. Local fire departments count on barbecues, dances and various activities each year to raise money to help purchase new equipment and pay for personnel training.
With those fundraising opportunities not happening this year, two local men put their heads together and came up with a way to help.
“Eric (McPherson) at Dawson Tire approached me last fall about consigning some tires on our annual consignment auction and donating the money to the fire departments,” Levi Messersmith explained. “But due to the Coronavirus we had to cancel the live sale and put it online.”
Dawson Tire and Wheel donated the tires and rims for the auction, while Messersmith Auction Company is donating their services to sell the items. Messersmith said that 100% of the proceeds from the sale will be donated - half to the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department and half to the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department.
“We thought since they can’t have their usual fundraisers this would be a good way to show our support,” said Messersmith. “It’s not a whole lot, but every little bit helps.”
To participate in the online auction you need to register for an auctiontime account if you do not already have one. Once you have an account established, go to www.messersmithauction.com, click on “upcoming auctions” and then “timed auctions” to place your bid. The auction will be held on Wednesday, July 22 beginning at 10 a.m.
Items on the auction include:
New Accuride Hub Pilot aluminum truck rim, 8.25x24.5
New Steel Bud wheel Stud pilot rim, 8.25x22.5
4 - New Trelleborg 140A8 tractor tread tires, 420/85R30 or 16.9R30
4 - New Aeolus HN828 light duty truck steer tires, 225/70R19.5, 14 pairs
2 - T&L pivot rims and tires, used rims, one used tire, one new tire, 11.2x38, 9 bolt
7 - New Goodyear Suregrip tractor tires, 9.50x24, 6 ply
4 - New Goodyear DT195 tractor tread tires, 16.9x28, 8 ply
4 - New TowMaster trailer house tires, 8-14.5ST, 14 pairs
3 - New Goodyear Suregrip tractor tread tires, 10.5-80-18, 10 ply
8 - New Greenball Transmaster trailer tires, ST225/75R15, 8 ply
9 - Tractor tire feeders, 38” - 50”, 6 turned, 3 sidewall cutouts