Looking for a unique Christmas gift and a good way to boost the community at the same time?
Try this week’s Ashland Optimist Club Radio Auction that begins a three-night run from 7 to 9 tonight on WLGC 105.7-FM. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s activities will also be at that time.
The auction, now in its 55th year, is the only fundraiser for the club, according to David Payne, a tri-chairman of the Radio Auction event with Rocky Gibbs and Steve Gilmore.
Patrons throughout the city have donated items for the auction and they range from big to small. There will be two cars donated from Don Hall auctioned, along with Ashland Invitational Tournament tickets, Brandon Webb memorabilia, storage unit rentals, a year’s worth of milk, local books and other items.
The list of items will be in the newspaper today, Wednesday and Thursday. Those who want to bid may call (606) 329-8777. The show will be broadcast from Don Hall Chevrolet on 18th Street and Greenup Avenue. It moved down a block because work is being done on the showroom at the dealership
Residents are invited to come by the dealership and look over the items to be auctioned.
The money collected goes to support youth sports programs, CAReS and Friends of the Children; on many occasions funds have assisted families who have had their homes destroyed by flood or fire.
The club receives requests throughout the year to address emergency situations, Payne said.
The auction has taken place at various times throughout the year, but the pre-Christmas date seems to be the most popular. The club has raised nearly $7,000 through the auction for the past three years. That money is pumped back into the community through the various club programs.
Those wishing to donate items for the auction may call Payne, the owner of Ashland Sporting Goods, at (606) 325-4312.
“Anybody who donates anything will get a little radio time, too,” Payne said. “We’ll mention the item and the donor’s name.”
Each item is read on the air by members of the club, and the bidding begins.
“We give updates on the items,” Payne said. “Everybody honors their bids. It’s kind of a trust thing.”
The auction formerly lasted a week, but it has been cut to three days because of busy schedules, including UK and high school basketball.
MARK MAYNARD can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2648.