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Washington County house won in raffle is being auctioned

June 30, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The man who won a house in March in a raffle to benefit the San Mar Children's Home has decided to auction off his prize.

Dennis Stouffer, president of Stouffer's Auction Co., said he will auction the house at 13607 Indian Springs Road near Big Pool for Hagerstown resident Dennis Weaver, who won the restored farmhouse and 3.2 acres of adjoining land on March 13 during a raffle at Beaver Creek Country Club.

The auction will be July 16 at 6 p.m. on the property, Stouffer said.

The house has four bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and a fireplace, according to the Stouffer's Auction Co. Web site.

"(Weaver) will have the right to reject any or all bids," said Stouffer, who added that the house and land are valued at about $300,000.

Weaver, the clerk of Washington County Circuit Court, said after he was notified that he won the raffle that he was not sure what he would do with it. He said then that he hadn't been in the market for a house and bought one $100 ticket for the raffle because he wanted to help San Mar.

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Two open houses have been scheduled to give potential buyers a chance to view the property. They will be July 6 and 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Stouffer said.

Although he would not speak for Weaver, who could not be reached for comment, Stouffer said a lot of people are auctioning unoccupied homes to avoid paying taxes and homeowner insurance on them.

San Mar Children's Home raised about $214,000 from the raffle, which also included as prizes a 2008 Toyota Camry and a Statton Furniture set, among others, said Bruce Anderson, San Mar's executive director. About 6,484 raffle tickets were sold for $100 each.

Anderson said the San Mar Planning Committee originally intended to use the money from the raffle to help pay for construction of a $5 million multipurpose center for the facility's residents, but committee members decided the money might be put to better use.

"The planning committee is deciding how to use the money," he said.

For more information, go to www.stouffersauctionco.com or call 301-791-6896.

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