The Annual Junior Group of Goodwill Antique and Collectible Auction will be held Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 2015. The two-day event will once again be held at Stambaugh Auditorium.
The Junior Group of Goodwill volunteers have been preparing for months for the auction and are currently accepting donations. The Friday evening gala begins at 6:30 pm and 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 raffle, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
Any business, organization or individual is welcome to donate to the auction. Suggested donations include gift baskets, sports memorabilia or tickets, concert tickets, hotel or trip opportunities, jewelry, your company’s products and/or services, collectibles or cash in any amount. Donations valued at $125 or more entitle the donor to two tickets to the Friday evening event. All donors to the auction will be recognized in the Goodwill community newsletter, the auction program, and with a display card next to their item. Donors also have the option of giving cash and having the Junior Group members buy something on their behalf.
Tickets for the Friday gala are $25.00 each and must be purchased in advance. The deadline for tickets is Monday, March 2. Any tickets, if still available, sold after the deadline are $30.00. Tickets can be purchased at the eight Youngstown Area Goodwill stores (Austintown, Liberty, Boardman, Warren, Salem, Calcutta, Hermitage & New Castle), online at www.goodwillyoungstown.org or at the Goodwill offices on Belmont Avenue.
The price of admission for the Saturday auction is $2.00 at the door (those with a ticket stub from Friday evening get in free). Preview of items on Saturday is at 10am, with bidding to begin at 11am. Last year, over 500 guests attended Friday and more than 250 attended Saturday to raise over $64,000 for 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 over 6,000 people in vocational services, amblyopia screening, social services to the visually impaired and Radio Reading services.
Sponsors and supporters of this year’s auction include Aim NationalLease, 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, Packer Thomas, PNC Bank, Republic Services, Robert L. Smallwood Jr. CPA/Beard Pension Services, Simon Roofing and Vallourec Star.
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.