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United Way annual auction Saturday

Sign-up by Friday is strongly encouraged

GREENFIELD — The United Way of Franklin County will auction off about 140 items this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Eaglebrook School.

The annual auction, now its in 13th year, typically pulls in about $22,000 and is the human services agency’s largest single fundraiser, said Campaign Director Sharon Pleasant.

“Because all of the items, the food, and the venue are donated, we can put all of the proceeds toward distribution to our partner agencies during our community investment process,” said Pleasant.

“It’s a great collaboration between local people and local businesses who donate and our wonderful groups of volunteers who auction, provide music, and collect and deliver the items to the venue,” she said.

The night begins with a silent auction for about two hours while food and drinks are served, said Executive Director Linda Stacy. Franklin County musicians Michael Nix and Jennie McAvoy will perform during the silent auction.

Then, a live auction of dozen items will take place to close out the evening.

“There’s really something for everyone,” said Stacy, who said items include gift cards, jewelry, athletic tickets, local artwork and vacation trips.

Admission is $20 before Friday and $25 at the door. Preregistration is strongly encouraged, and can be done by calling the United Way at 413-772-2168.

Payment can also be made online at http://www.uw-fc.org/ by making a PayPal donation and including a note that the money is for the auction.

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