02/12/04 — Sports memorabilia auction to be part of Red Cross Heroes auction

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Sports memorabilia auction to be part of Red Cross Heroes auction

By Becky Barclay
Published in News on February 12, 2004 2:03 PM

Sports enthusiasts who collect memorabilia will have the opportunity to bid on items such as basketballs, baseballs, bats and books signed by sports legends at an auction March 18.

The memorabilia auction is part of the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross' Heroes Campaign. It will be held at Lane Tree Golf Club. There will be a social at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the auction at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person or $100 for a table for eight. They may be purchased at the chapter house, 600 N. George St., or from any board member.

Items that have been procured for the auction so far include a North Carolina State University 50-years-of-memories from 1949 to 1999 framed picture; a program signed by Lou Holtz, University of South Carolina football coach and former N.C. State and Notre Dame coach; and a baseball and bat signed by former major legue player Jerry Narron who is now a coach for the Cincinnati Reds.

Baseballs signed by several people including New York Yankees exectuive Clyde King, former New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson, former relief pitcher Goose Gossage, Franklin Stubbs, Hall of Famer Willie Stragell, and Ed Bergman.

Also to be auctioned are a restaurant gift basket, a picture by local artist Sarah Kearney, prints by Zeno Spence, a Dale Earnhardt quilt; a six-month membership to Goldsboro Family YMCA; and a gift basket from New Balance.

The Heroes Campaign runs throughout the month of March. In addition to benefiting the Red Cross, it will also recognize people in this community who are "heroes" to others.

Last year was the first Heroes Campaign and 28 heroes raised a total of $28,710. The goal was $25,000.

"Heroes" are asked to raise at least $1,000, according to Cindy Bell, director. They may raise the money any way they want to.

Last year they held bake sales and yard sales, washed cars, solicited friends and co-workers for donations, sold Red Cross squares, held parties and casual Fridays, held cookouts and coin drives, and much more.

There was also Pennies for a Purpose. Large water jugs were decorated and placed around town for people to drop in loose change.

The money raised will stay in Wayne County and be used for local service programs.

The Red Cross gets some funding from United Way, but this campaign will provide the rest of the money needed to keep these programs going in Wayne County, Mrs. Bell said.

There will be a campaign kickoff breakfast March 10 at St. Luke United Methodist Church at 8 a.m. and a celebration luncheon April 1 at St. Luke Church at noon.