DANVILLE — Once again, the community has stepped up in support of Peer Court and its annual fundraiser.
"They are always so generous," Peer Court Director Katie Osterbur said Tuesday as set-up continued at Turtle Run Banquet Center. "Last year we had about 225 donations, and this year I would expect we will have more than that."
Osterbur and board of directors Vice President Mike Rortvedt were busy setting out items for the Peer Court Auction, set for 7 p.m. Friday at Turtle Run. An auction preview will begin at 6 p.m.
She said each year Peer Court seems to collect just a little bit more than they did the previous year.
"So there is the chance for everyone to come and buy something that they love."
One of the bigger and newer additions up for auction will be two tickets to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis with a one-night stay in a "premium one-bedroom urban apartment" in Indy's upper canal district.
Auston and Mary Surprenant with RE/MAX Realty donated package.
Another is a coffee roasting class donating by Mad Goat Coffee. The class will be for 12 people, and everyone will get to take home a bag of coffee.
Other packages Osterbur wanted to highlight included:
• A kitchen cabinet refinishing package, which consists of up to 35 drawers/doors, prep, prime, paint and reinstall within 50 miles of Bismarck. This package is valued at $3,000 and was donated by Brandon Smith of Brand New Again Refinishing.
• A headshot session with all digitals — a $400 value — and an hour senior or boudoir session with all digitals — a $2,000 value — with Bricie Troglia Photography.
• An Illini package, including four tickets to any Big Ten home football game, donated by Rick and Cheryl Rotramel.
• A Cal Ripken Jr. baseball card with signed ball and helmet.
• A "The Big Hurt" Frank Thomas signed baseball bat.
• Massages by David Costello.
• A 1950 Frigidaire refrigerator restored in an Indianapolis 500 theme donated by the Icebox Club.
Tickets for the event are $10 per person and will be available at the door. 50/50 raffle tickets are also already on sale, and can be purchased by calling Osterbur (217) 260-0023. Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or $20 for five tickets.
Peer Court is a diversion program that aims to help first time juvenile offenders take responsibility for their actions, according to a press release issued in anticipation of the auction.
During a Peer Court trial, juveniles are sentenced by a jury of their peers to a comprehensive sentence that includes community service work, jury duty, a tour of the local Public Safety Building, apologies, essays and various other components. It is the goal of Peer Court to teach juveniles to take responsibilities for their choices. When a juvenile completes the Peer Court program, the court systems have agreed to drop charges against the youth so they do not have a conviction on their record, the release stated.
"Paul Sermersheim is still the auctioneer," Osterbur said at Turkey Run, "and we just hope that people come out and have a really fun and exciting night to support the kids that we work with."