Sarah's Friends

Sarah's Friends has been chosen as the beneficiary of this year's annual Blizzard Auction, for which donated items are being collected through December. JOSH EWERS/Staff

Every year the WBNO-WQCT Blizzard Auction commemorates one of the most trying weather events in northwest Ohio history, and this year the radio auction will benefit people going through trying times in their lives.

Sarah’s Friends, a local victim advocacy and service organization located at 201 S. Main St. in Bryan, has been selected to receive funds raised by the 2020 auction, the 42nd year of the auction’s existence.

In 2018, Sarah’s Friends aided 178 local residents with various struggles, including 110 females, 31 males (and 34 individuals whose gender wasn’t reported), 61 adults and 64 children (and 53 whose ages were not reported). Victims include people affected by domestic violence, assault, stalking, harassment, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, bullying, elder abuse and other issues.

“Sarah’s Friends is a non-profit organization committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence and other crime in Williams County to heal, emotionally, physically and spiritually,” stated a release from Kori Strubing, chairperson of the 2020 Blizzard Auction committee.

“Violence is a community issue that arises in all communities, big and small. It takes everyone’s support to end violence and assist those currently being victimized in our country.”

Sarah’s Friends helps in a myriad of ways, from providing temporary financial and logistical assistance, to emotional support, counseling and legal referral, creating a safety plan and much more.

Currently, the auction’s organizers are accepting donations of items to be sold, with a submission deadline of Dec. 31.

For more information, contact Sarah’s Friends at 419-636-7272 or by email at

The 41st annual Blizzard Auction, held in January, raised around $16,000 for Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center.

The 2020 Blizzard Auction is slated to be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 25. To receive a bid number, go to and click on the 2020 Blizzard Auction link.

As the auction draws closer, more information, including items that will be up for bid, will become available.

The auction each year commemorates the blizzard of 1978, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in North America, which brought gusting winds and 14 to 22 inches of snow to northwest Ohio.

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