Jr. Group Goodwill auction, jewelry sale set Feb. 16

Junior Group of Goodwill members, from left, Ginnie Kernan, Barb Metzendorf, Patty Suchora and Sue Stingel, wrap baskets and price jewelry in preparation for the upcoming Junior Group of Goodwill Auction and Jewelry Sale. The event begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at any of the eight area Goodwill stores (Austintown, Boardman, Calcutta, Hermitage, Liberty, New Castle, Salem and Warren), at the Goodwill offices on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown, or online at goodwillyoungstown.org. (Submitted photo)

Junior Group of Goodwill members, from left, Ginnie Kernan, Barb Metzendorf, Patty Suchora and Sue Stingel, wrap baskets and price jewelry in preparation for the upcoming Junior Group of Goodwill Auction and Jewelry Sale. The event begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at any of the eight area Goodwill stores (Austintown, Boardman, Calcutta, Hermitage, Liberty, New Castle, Salem and Warren), at the Goodwill offices on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown, or online at goodwillyoungstown.org. (Submitted photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — The annual Junior Group of Goodwill Auction and Jewelry Sale will be held on Feb. 16 at Stambaugh Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are now available at any of the eight area Goodwill stores (Austintown, Boardman, Calcutta, Hermitage, Liberty, New Castle, Salem and Warren), at the Goodwill offices on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown, or online at goodwillyoungstown.org. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance. The ticket deadline is Feb. 12. Any tickets, if still available, sold after the deadline are $30.

The evening’s events include a live auction of new items donated by area businesses, silent auction, basket raffle with over 100 baskets, 50/50 raffle, vintage clothing sale, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and a jewelry sale featuring several thousand pre-priced collectible pieces. New this year is a wine pull.

“This fundraiser comes at a crucial time for Goodwill, during the cold winter months when both sales and donations are typically down for us,” said Jim Freeze, executive director of Goodwill. “The proceeds from the auction provide a much needed boost to our budget during this slow period and allows us to utilize those funds to continue providing services to those in the community.”

The Junior Group of Goodwill volunteers have been preparing for months for the auction and are currently accepting donations. Items that are sought after include, sporting event and concert tickets, gift cards, hotel or trip packages, jewelry, services or products by local businesses, gift baskets, collectibles, cash, etc. Donations valued at $125 or more entitle the donor to two complimentary tickets to the event. Donors also have the option of giving cash and having the Junior Group members buy something on their behalf.

Last year, over 500 people attended the event to raise over $45,000 to support Goodwill. All proceeds from the auction go toward supporting Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and employment services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment such as homelessness, welfare dependency, lack of education or lack of work experience. Last year, Goodwill assisted nearly 6,000 people in vocational services, amblyopia screening, social services to the visually impaired and Radio Reading services.

Sponsors of this year’s auction include Aim NationaLease, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Austintown Plaza, Cohen and Company, DCW Group, Farmers Trust Company, Gasser Chair Co. Inc., PNC Bank, Pecchia Communications LLC, Beard Pension Services, Inc./Bob Smallwood and Hill, Barth and King LLC.

For more information call Goodwill’s marketing department at 330-759-7921 Ext. 1207.

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