Auction Raises over $65,000 for Goodwill


A ride on the Goodyear Blimp was one of 64 items auctioned off during the Junior Group of Goodwill Auction on March 6 at Stambaugh Auditorium. The blimp ride garnered the highest bid of the evening with a winning bid of $3,200. The live auction featured various new items and services donated by area businesses.

The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction, held on March 6 and 7, once again surpassed all previous auctions generating over $65,000 to support Goodwill’s job training and employment programs. “The Junior Group volunteers work very hard all year long to make this event such a success. The funds it generates for Goodwill come at a perfect time after a very difficult January and February,” 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 64 items which included a custom made Ohio State pub table set by Gasser Chair, a Nanette Lepore designer coat, Disney park passes, autographed boxing gloves, a ride on the Goodyear Blimp 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.


A student volunteer watches over a table full of silver antiques and collectibles that were auctioned off during the Saturday portion of the two-day Junior Group of Goodwill Auction. Over 500 items were auctioned off on Saturday. Items for the auction were collected and saved from Goodwill’s eight area donation centers throughout the past year.

The Saturday portion of the event featured an all day antique and collectible auction of over 500 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.

Sponsors for the event were Aim Nationalease, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, B&I Management Co., Farmers Trust Company, Fleming Leasing, Gasser Chair Company, Gateway Health, Hill, Barth & King, Huntington Bank, Murphy Contracting Co., Packer Thomas, PNC Bank, Republic Services, Robert L. Smallwood Jr. CPA/Beard Pension Services, Simon Roofing and Vallourec Star. 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.

To ensure that you don’t miss next year’s event, please call Goodwill’s marketing department at 330.759.7921 ext. 1207 to be included in future auction mailings.