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Campaign gets a boost from auction

n United Way of Randolph County

September 4, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Board members of the United Way of Randolph County say they are very pleased that funds raised at the Aug. 25 Kickoff Auction totaled approximately $2,000 more than was generated in previous years.

"We are very excited that the community came out to support the event," United Way of Randolph County board member Gary Clay said. "The crowd grew larger as the auction went on, and we had 112 registered bidders along with their families and friends."

The auction offered bidders the opportunity to purchase more than 250 items, all donated from businesses and individuals. A 50/50 raffle, silent auction and grab-and-go tables during the event offered attendees other ways to purchase items.

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Auctioneer Ron Phillips helps call the United Way of Randolph County Kickoff Auction, where items generated approximately $20,000 for the cause. More than 110 registered bidders and their family and friends packed the First United Methodist Church recently to purchase bargains and assist the United Way of Randolph County reach its $165,000 goal. Monies raised during the year will help support 27 local partnering agencies.

"The winner of the 50/50 auction was from Pine Grove in Wetzel County," Clay said. "He always camps here and has been coming to our auction for five years. This year, he even brought his neighbors."

Clay said there were several wonderful items to bid on including hand-made quilts, home-made baked goods, sporting event tickets and gift certificates.

"Elkins resident Audrey Irons donated five home-made pies for the auction," Clay said. "One of the pies generated an amazing $400. This is a fine example of the spirit of giving."

Businesses and individuals who missed the Kickoff Auction can still help the United Way of Randolph County by making a donation.

"Businesses can help employees make donations by offering a workplace campaign," Clay said. "Our members would love to come and speak with employees and businesses, no matter how small or large, and discuss ways to help support the local 27 partnering agencies."

For more information on how to help the United Way of Randolph County, call 304-636-0516 or visit online at

Contact Beth Christian Broschart by email at



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