03/10/05 — Local Red Cross nets 18,600 dollars at sports auction

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Local Red Cross nets 18,600 dollars at sports auction

By Becky Barclay
Published in News on March 10, 2005 1:48 PM

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross netted $18,600 on its seconnd annual Sports Memorabilia Auction on Tuesday night.

About 300 people attended the fund-raiser at Lane Tree Country Club. Special guests included a table of military personnel who had recently returned from Iraq and several veterans with the local chapter of the Order of the Purple Heart.

"It was a wonderful event," said Chuck Waller, local Red Cross director. "We had a great turnout and folks were in the giving spirit."

Outback Steakhouse sponsored the event and donated the meal.

Entertainer Freddie Pierce performed a patriotic routine about the U.S. flag and ended it by singing "God Bless the USA."

The sports memorabilia auction is just one of the many activities that will take place during the third annual Heroes Campaign, which runs through the end of this month. "Heroes" are people who promise to raise at least $1,000 for the cause.

There will also be a Ride for the Red by the Blue Knights motorcycle team, Pennies For A Purpose jugs in the local schools and at local businesses and the sale of "hero squares," which will be placed in a special window at the Red Cross chapter house.

Last year's Heroes Campaign raised almost $50,000. This year's goal is $60,000.

Money raised stays in Wayne County to help collect blood, help victims of single-family fires, train people in CPR and first aid and provide an around-the-clock emergency link with military personnel and their families.