MOUNT VERNON — The raison d’être for the Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program is, obviously, the scholarship money awarded to the contestants.
As host to the annual program, Knox County does it’s part by conducting an annual auction to raise $10,000 in scholarship money.
Todd Hawkins, auction chairman, said the goal is always $10,000.
“The last few years we’ve been able to hit that,” he said. “Last year we hit it like on the nose, so we barely made it, but we did. We’re hoping we will hit the $10,000 goal again this year.”
The 2013 auction will take place on Saturday.
The success of the auction is due to the people who donate items as well as to the people who bid on and buy them. Local businesses and individuals have already donated nearly 200 items for this year’s auction, and they range from automotive, beauty and personal care products, food, sports and entertainment, household goods, jewelry and collectibles, professional services and more.
“It’s really neat,” Hawkins said. “It just shows that our community is very supportive of the [DYW] program.”
Just a few of the new contributions this year include gift certificates for gluten-free items from Lil Country Acre Bakery and Café, gift certificates from The Smiling Sunflower Boutique and OSU and Michigan cornhole bags donated by Pat’s Place.
Some other unique items are a commercial gas string trimmer donated by PNC Engine Sales and Service, a patio door from Jeld-Wen, a weekend stay at Mount Vernon Inn and a one-hour guest host spot on Tradio.
“Donations are still coming in,” said Hawkins, “and it’s not just businesses. It’s also individuals. There is a 90-year-old woman who is legally blind and who makes afghans. She heard about the auction on the radio and she called in to donate one of her afghans.”
This year’s phone-in auction will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The available items will be described over the air on 1300 WMVO, or descriptions can be viewed in today’s edition, as well as Saturday’s edition, of the News and here.
The phone number to call to make a bid is 399-5633. Callers should give the item number, their name, phone number and the amount of the bid.
“If the item is valued from $1 to $30, you must increase the bid by $1,” said Hawkins. “If it’s valued from $31 to $100, you must increase the bid by $5. For any item over $100, you must increase the bid by $10. Essentially, you just call in, as often as you want during the time period. You can bid on multiple items. If you call in and bid on an item at 11 o’clock and someone later out bids you, you can call in again and raise your bid.”
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