Junior Group Auction a Success Under New Format

Despite changing the format of the event, The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction and Jewelry Sale was still a huge success. Over $45,000 was generated to help support Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and employment services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

In the past, the Junior Group held a two-day event which consisted of a Friday evening gala and a Saturday antique and collectible auction. The group made the decision to move the Saturday auction online. That auction is now held quarterly through George Roman Auctioneers and proxibid.com. The change has allowed the volunteers to focus more on the Friday evening gala.

Over 500 people attended the auction and jewelry sale on March 3 at Stambaugh Auditorium. The evening’s festivities included a live auction of new items, silent auction, Chinese auction, basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, jewelry sale, vintage clothing sale and hors d’oeuvres from The Georgetown.

The live auction featured 53 items including a custom made Ohio State University pub table and bar stool set by Gasser Chair, a Nanette Lepore designer dress, a Fendi purse, a Cleveland Indians game package, limousine service and more. Additionally, over 100 items were available for bid in the silent auction. Many of those items consisted of designer purses, jewelry and sports memorabilia.

The jewelry sale, which is always a crowd favorite, featured several thousand pieces of pre-priced jewelry available for purchase. All of the jewelry in the sale is collected throughout the year from the eight area Goodwill donation centers and sent to the volunteers to assess.

The Junior Group ladies work year-round sorting, cleaning and pricing jewelry, soliciting donations and sorting through donations for the online antique auction. The funds raised by the annual auction come at a critical time for Goodwill following the winter months when donations are slow and store sales are down.

Sponsors for the event were Aim Nationalease, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, B&I Management Company, Beard Pension Services, Briarfield, Cohen & Company, DCW Group, Farmers Trust Company, Gasser Chair Company, Hill, Barth & King, PNC Bank, Pecchia Communications, Republic Services 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 be added to the auction mailing list so that you don’t miss next year’s event, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor and/or donor to the auction, please call Goodwill’s marketing department at 330.759.7921 ext. 1207.