The Annual Junior Group of Goodwill Antique and Collectible Auction has changed to The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction & Jewelry Sale with the elimination of the Saturday portion of the event, however the Friday event will remain the same. That event will take place on Friday, March 3 at 6:30 pm at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Tickets are now available at any of the eight area Goodwill stores (Austintown, Boardman, Calcutta, Hermitage, Liberty, New Castle, Salem and Warren), at the Goodwill offices on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown, or using the add to cart button (above this full article). Tickets for the event are $25.00 each and must be purchased in advance. The deadline for tickets is Monday, February 27. Any tickets, if still available, sold after the deadline are $30.00.
The auction and jewelry sale includes a live auction of new items donated by area businesses, silent auction, Chinese auction, basket raffle, jewelry sale, 50/50 raffle, vintage clothing sale, gift card tree raffle, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
The Junior Group of Goodwill volunteers have been preparing for months for the auction and are currently accepting donations.
Items that are sought after by the ladies include, sporting event and concert tickets, gift cards, hotel or trip packages, jewelry, services or products by local businesses, gift baskets, collectibles, cash, etc. Donations valued at $125 or more entitle the donor to two complimentary tickets to the event. Donors also have the option of giving cash and having the Junior Group members buy something on their behalf.
Last year, over 500 people attended the event to raise over $59,000 to support Goodwill. All proceeds from the auction go towards supporting Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and employment services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment such as homelessness, welfare, lack of education or lack of work experience. Last year, Goodwill assisted nearly 6,000 people in vocational services, amblyopia screening, social services to the visually impaired and Radio Reading services.
Sponsors of this year’s auction include Aim NationaLease, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, B&I Management Company, Briarfield/Ed & Diane Reese, Cohen & Company, DCW Group, Farmers Trust Company, Gasser Chair Co. Inc, Hill, Barth & King LLC, PNC Bank, Republic Services, and Pecchia Communications.
If you are interested in making a donation for the auction or need additional information, please contact Goodwill’s marketing department at 330.759.7921, ext. 1207.