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Annual Benefit Auction

Mark your calendars for our 24th Annual Auction to be held on November 9, 2019!

Sneak peak pictures of some of the items that will be at our Auction in November! Made of solid cherry wood - 6 piece queen bedroom set, cherry dining table and six matching chairs!!





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GEMS Benefit Auction 2018
We thank God for allowing GEMS to have a successful auction this year. Two of our board members were in Ohio the second week in October helping to gather items for the auction while Hurricane Michael came storming through the panhandle of Florida. Within a few hours on October 10th the area where many of our supporters reside was devastated. While we were concerned that the storm could adversely affect the results of the auction, we committed the results to the Lord and pressed forward as though the success depended on us. Understandably the number of bidders was lower than usual due to storm related issues causing some items to be sold at bargain prices, making great deals for those who were in attendance. In reality the auction netted about 14% below normal, which we consider a success under the circumstances. By faith we believe that God will provide the finances, allowing us to continue supporting our eleven chaplains appropriately, who are so faithful in the ministry that they are called to.
GEMS is blessed to have many generous supporters who contributed high quality items and some supporters made generous monetary contributions. We wish to express our thanks to all who supported this annual fundraising event, both buyers and contributors, especially the individuals and businesses in Ohio and Indiana. Because of the funds raised at the auction and the monthly contributions, we were able to bless the chaplains with monetary bonuses over and above their monthly compensations. We praise the Lord!
Only in eternity will we know how many inmates came to the Lord because of this ministry. Together we are making a difference in the lives of inmates.
Submitted by
Merrill Detweiler
Auction Committee Chairman



2018 Auction

Mark your calendars for our 23rd Annual Benefit Auction on Saturday, November 10th. (Always the 2nd Saturday in November), at the Lighthouse Children's Home, 7771 East Mahan Drive.

Breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM EST
The auction will begin at 9:00 EST
Come early to browse and enjoy breakfast!!"


Here is a preview of some of the items to be auctioned off November 10th. All items are NEW unless otherwise stated.



Two pair of boots, a saddle stool, a wrought iron stand and chair


Bunk Bed


Two matcing night stands to go with the bunk bed.


Tools and a Lighthouse.


Stihl weed eater/ pole saw combination kit.


Shop lights in the blue & white box on the chairs, several chairs, 9 high bar stools like you see at Five Guys Burgers & Fries





Poly Rockers


Pie Safe


Igloo, toy John Deere Big Scoop, shoes and chairs. On the chairs are shop lights in the blue and white box.



Games for the family



Fire Pit and Grill





 Coffee table and matching end tables.



Gun Cabinet.



Complete Maple bedroom set, quilt to be sold separately.



Complete Cherry bedroom set, spread to be sold separately.









Sofa (matches chair).



Chair (matches sofa).


 2017 Auction

Mark your calendars for our 22nd Annual Benefit Auction on Saturday, November 11, 2017. 


First time buyers get a FREE gift this year!! Be sure to tell your friends! You won't be disappointed!


UPDATE as of Friday, Nov. 10: View the current items that will be auctioned on Nov. 11 HERE.




Here is just a SMALL taste of items that will be offered at this years sale.


A brand NEW Storage Shed 12' x 20'

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Various Amish Made items from Ohio



Quality Wood Crib set

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To see pictures closer and for more info, visit our facebook event page HERE





 ~2016 Auction~ 


Quality Outdoor Furniture


 Merle Diem, auctioning


Kevin Dodson was our back up auctioneer.
He did a great job again this year!!



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