03/04/05 — Tickets still available for Red Cross sports memorabilia auction

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Tickets still available for Red Cross sports memorabilia auction

By Becky Barclay
Published in News on March 4, 2005 2:10 PM

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross still has tickets left to its second annual Sports Memorabilia Auction. The event will be held Tuesday at Lane Tree Country Club.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to benefit the Red Cross.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:15 p.m. There will be a live auction at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening.

The sports auction is part of the chapter's annual fund-raiser, the Heroes Campaign, which started Tuesday and runs through March 31.

Some of the many items at the auction will be autographed baseballs, autographed helmets, autographed baseball cards, autographed footballs, autographed rookie cards, autographed basketballs and photographs signed by NASCAR drivers Mark Martin and Richard Petty. There will also be items signed by winners in the American Idol competition.

"The Red Cross doesn't get any government funding," said Chuck Waller, director of the Wayne chapter. "Every dime that we get, we have to raise. And if we're going to continue to do what we do in Wayne County and everywhere in the country and the world, it takes money to do it."

Last year's sports memorabilia auction raised about $13,000. Waller said the organization is hoping to raise $18,000 or $19,000 this year.

Outback Steak is sponsoring the event. Freddie Pierce will be the speaker. He is an author and professional motivational speaker who, for more than 25 years, has been inspiring people nationwide. He has performed before President Ronald Reagan and President George Bush. He was recently chosen Consummate Speaker of the Year.

Tickets for the auction are $20 per person or $150 for a corporate table of eight. They may be purchased at the Red Cross chapter house, 600 N. George St. They will be delivered by calling the chapter at 735-7201.