Thousands of dollars of donated merchandise will be available for bid at the LIVE UNITED Kick-off Auction, which begins 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins. The auction will includes items everyone would enjoy owning, and the funds generated help support 27 local partnering agencies.
Some items available include West Virginia University gifts, gift baskets, baskets of home-canned goods, gift cards, a home brewing kit, a sewing machine, pictures, ships, tools and a few hand-made quilts and wall hangings.
"There is something for everyone," said Executive Director JoBeth Agnor. "This event is for everyone and also features concessions, 'buy it now' tables, school jackets, a refrigerator, $250 in cash stash and a 50/50 raffle."
Many theme baskets are available at the United Way of Randolph County LIVE UNITED Kick-Off Auction. Items include a 50 Shades of Gray basket, candle baskets, home-made goods and canned goods baskets. Board President Robbie Morris, Executive Director JoBeth Agnor and board member Kathy Leombruno display some of the baskets in the United Way office in Elkins
Robbie Morris, United Way of Randolph County board president, said the United Way helps local agencies by doing fundraising for agencies.
"This allows partnering agencies the opportunity to do what they do best," Morris said. "And it gives those who want to help an opportunity to make one payment and allow us to use the money to help others with their needs. The LIVE UNITED Kick-Off Auction is lots of fun."
Morris said the auction usually generates approximately $20,000.
"This is a great time to get out with your friends and help others," Morris said. "We are still accepting donations for the auction. If you have not yet signed up for your payroll donation for the United Way, ask about a payroll deduction for the United Way to help support the 27 partnering agencies. United Way representatives are available to come to businesses to talk about supporting the United Way."
Items at the LIVE UNITED Kick-Off Auction may be purchased using cash, check, Visa or Mastercard.For more information about United Way of Randolph County call 304-636-0516 or visit www.unitedwayrandolph.org.