MOUNT VERNON — The 2014 Distinguished Young Women Radio Auction will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items available for bid range anywhere from an oil change to a chair massage from a local massage therapist to a carton of Velvet ice cream every month for a year.
Auction chair Todd Hawkins said the auction has been around since the mid-1990s. He took over the event seven years ago. The purpose of the auction is to raise funds for scholarships for the DYW program. Hawkins said that the typical goal for the fundraiser is to raise $10,000, and that this year “based on the items that we have, I’m pretty positive that we should get that.”
The process to generate donations for the auction gets started in November when Hawkins sends letters requesting items to area businesses who have previously donated. Hawkins added that once January arrives, he starts to make phone calls to get the word around.
“Once it hits the Shopper’s Mart, then it gets really crazy because then people see it ... people call in from there,” said Hawkins.
Hawkins said there are around 20 volunteers total who participate in the auction day festivities with 10 people on the phones taking calls, disc jockeys on the radio along with additional help with the logistics.
“It’s actually a pretty fun event,” said Hawkins. “We’re all gathered around ... we have 10 phones on tables that face large boards and all the boards have the different bids,” said Hawkins.
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