The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction, held on March 4 and 5 generated over $59,000 to support Goodwill’s job training and employment programs. “The Junior Group volunteers work very hard all year long to make this event such asuccess. The funds it generates for Goodwill come at a perfect time after a the slow winter donation period,” says Mike McBride, executive director of Goodwill.
The two-day event was presided over by George Roman Auctioneers at Stambaugh Auditorium. Over 500 people attended the Friday evening gala which included a live auction of new items, silent auction, Chinese auction, basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, jewelry sale, vintage clothing sale, gift card tree raffle and hors d’oeuvres from Kravitz Catering.
The live auction featured 54 items which included a custom made John Deere pub table and bar stool set by Gasser Chair, a Nanette Lepore designer coat, a Mexican vacation package, a vintage Weiss mink, an Avalon golf package and more.
The jewelry sale, which is always a crowd favorite, featured several thousand pieces of pre-priced jewelry which was available for purchase on both Friday and Saturday. All of the jewelry in the sale comes from Goodwill donations.
The Saturday portion of the event featured an all day antique and collectible auction of over 450 items. Items up for bid were collected throughout the year from Goodwill’s eight donation centers. The Junior Group volunteers sort through select donations that are sent to them from the collection centers and determine whether the item should go to the auction. Musical instruments, glassware, dolls, silver, vintage toys, furniture and artwork were just some of the items available. An Atmos clock garnered the highest bid of the day at $550.
Sponsors for the event were Aim Nationalease, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Austintown Plaza, Farmers Trust Company, Gasser Chair Company, Hill, Barth & King, Huntington Bank, Packer Thomas, PNC Bank, Republic Services, Robert L. Smallwood Jr. CPA/Beard Pension Services, Simon Roofing, Vallourec Star and VEC, Inc.
Proceeds from the auction are used to help Goodwill meet its operational and capital needs in order for Goodwill to continue to provide job training and employment services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment in the local community.