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United Way auction moving to online

ELKINS — Due to overwhelming safety concerns with COVID-19, the United Way of Randolph County will take a different approach with its biggest fundraiser of the year.

The Kick-Off Auction is traditionally held on a Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Elkins, but this year’s 58th annual event will be online.

“It’s going to be different that it has been in the past,” said Karrah Washington, executive director of Randolph County United Way. “Everyone is used to it being in person, but we had to make some changes this year. This is our biggest event of the year, so we needed to figure out a way to do it and not expose anyone.”

One big advantage with the event moving online is that people will now have eight days instead of one to bid on items. The auction will open on Oct.17 at 9 a.m. and will conclude on Oct. 24 at 9 p.m.

“It’s usually a one-day event where we host concessions and people have all day to come and make bids,” said Washington. “The one advantage of moving it online is that you have more than one day to decide if you want to bid on something or not.”

Washington said the United Way is still working on the logistics of how everything is going to work online.

“We’re still working on putting it all together and in September we will release more information,” she said. “During that time there will be instructions on how you can bid and where to access the link.”

The United Way’s Facebook page will release items that are going to be up for bid.

“Our page on Facebook will have all the items and who donated them,” said Washington. “So everyone will be able to get on there and see if there is something they want.”

The United Way of Randolph County funds local nonprofit agencies, with nearly 100% of the funds raised each year providing local support.

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