2010-03-15 / Local News

Valuable items up for bid to benefit Red Cross

Sealed bids being accepted at local office
By JOE L. HUGHES II Ledger Staff Writer gaffneyledger.com

Everyone has been forced to cut back in some form or fashion during the recent economic downturn.

Few organizations know this more than the American Red Cross of Cherokee County, whose contributions have dropped sharply as dependable donors were forced to keep a close eye on their wallets in an effort to ensure the financial security of loved ones.

“We’re functioning fine here despite cutting back, but our goal in the end is to help Cherokee County residents in their time of need,” said Cherokee County American Red Cross Service Manager Shellie Wylie.

Several local businesses have donated items to help give the local ARC a boost.

An annual fundraiser, the organization has dozens of items up for bid as part of the ARC’s Spring Silent Auction. Beginning March 1, items will be available for bid until March 31.

The first round of items, which include a gift certificate from Wright’s Photography, tickets to SeaWorld and a bottle of Armani men’s cologne closed March 8. Fortunately, options still abound for those still hoping to bid on items such as four tickets to Kennedy Space Center, the services of a personal chef for a few hours, and a grey pearl necklace compliments of Hartzog’s Jewelry and Gifts. Those items will be available until the end of the month.

Many of the items were shown via a Power Point presentation during last weekend’s “A Taste of Cherokee,” much different from previous years in which potential bidders were able to take a look at items during the event.

“We wanted the event to be much less of a shopping venue, instead choosing to direct much of the attention to those participating in this year’s ‘A Taste,’“ Wylie said.

Other items such as a diamond tennis bracelet donated by Brian’s Jewelry & Repair and a Polaris ATV automatic pool cleaner from Iron City Pools are on display at the respective businesses.

Shoppers were able to submit sealed bids for each item during “A Taste.” Bidding will continue until the end of the month at the local Red Cross’ office at Logan Street.

According to Wylie, all items have a minimum bid amount listed, with all bids under that amount being disqualified. In addition to including required bidder information, all items must be paid in full within 48 hours of the auction item’s closing date per the ARC.

Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI), is serving as the sponsor of the silent auction.

“(DCI) has helped us out for the past few years; they’ve been very helpful,” Wylie said. “They stay behind the scenes, the true definition of a silent partner. But they do quite a job of providing a vital service to kidney patients.”

Funds will be used to help the ARC assist those affected by catastrophes like fires by covering immediate needs such as emergency shelter, clothing, blankets, medicine and other needed supplies.

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