The Northridge Athletic Boosters will host its fourth annual dinner auction fundraiser at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Northridge High School.

Donation committee chairperson Judi Bruck said the annual fundraiser is always important, but especially critical this year considering the financial crunch the school district is experiencing.

"It's our lifeline," Bruck said. "It's extremely important. Spring sports were voted out and the athletic boosters paid over $16,000 to keep spring sports. We always need the money for uniforms, and now we need it for that and to replenish our coffers."

The dinner will be catered by Route 62 Barbecue in Johnstown and will include choice of barbecue pork or chicken, two sides, dessert and a beverage.

Following the dinner, guests can bid on various auction items such as a four-day, three-night vacation package to a choice of 28 destinations (donated by Heartland Bank); a stamped concrete pad by Holbrook Custom Concrete; an overnight package to Cherry Valley Lodge with deluxe room accommodations and passes to the water park; a Columbus Blue Jackets autographed puck; a Northridge letter jacket; a football autographed by Archie Griffin; gift certificates to local businesses, including Baker's Acres; BalletMet tickets; a Bath and Body Works gift basket; a night's stay at Embassy Suites; Columbus Symphony Orchestra tickets; COSI tickets; a Longaberger gift basket; a $600 electric grill donated by Licking Rural Coop; four-hour rental of an inflated bounce house from Main Event Party Rental; and tickets to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"We have a lot of good auction items, but we need many more to make it successful," Bruck said. "It doesn't matter how big or small, everything helps."

Northridge cheerleaders also are selling balloons with an attached number for $10 apiece at the fundraiser. Numbers will be matched to prizes valued at a minimum of $10 and up to $100.

Corporate tables are available at $500 each. Those tables include seating for eight and special recognition throughout the evening.

Northridge athletes also serve dinner to the corporate sponsors.

Auctioneer Chris Davis of Alexandria is donating auctioneer services for the second year.

"Today's economy is bad, but our kids need a chance," Bruck said. "Athletics are important and give some kids a reason to want to go to school. It also looks good on your college application and gives kids something to do."

Tickets to the event cost $10 in advance and at the door. The fundraiser opens at 4 p.m. with dinner starting at 5 p.m.

All donated items are needed by March 9 in order to receive recognition on the auction/dinner program.

For more information, call Bruck at (740) 817-2072.