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More than 100 items will be auctioned Friday for the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA fundraising drive.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Auctiongoers will get the chance to bid on more than 100 items tonight at "SOLD! - A Night at the Auction," a major fundraiser for the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA.
The much-anticipated event will be held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the, YMCA, located at 293 FirstWatch Drive in the LakeWatch Plantation subdivision.
Auction items include artwork, a baby grand piano and rights to name a character in David Baldacci's next book. The well-known author and part-time lake resident will also give an autographed copy of the yet-to-be-named book after it's published.
In 2008, the SML YMCA lost $300,000 in pledges when the economy faltered, according to Andrea Fansler, director of the SML branch. The facility, which is a branch of the Franklin County Family YMCA, had paid interest only on the loan for the past four years but bank regulations require that payments on the interest and principal start next month. Membership fees sustain general operating expenses only.
The facility needs to raise $2 million to reduce its debt with a deadline of raising at least $600,000 by Oct. 15. An anonymous donor has pledged to match each dollar donated up to $300,000 until that day.
Fansler said donations have reached $64,000, not including advance ticket sales for the auction.
She said about 100 advance tickets have been sold and admission at the door is $25.
In addition to the silent auction, the event will feature a live auction by Woltz and Associates, Inc. The Roanoke auction house's services are volunteer, as are music by the Panini Brothers and performances by Greg Coudoures of the SML Magic and Science Shop.
"I am confident that this event is going to be phenomenal," Fansler said. "The community has totally pulled together."
She said she's been getting calls from donors from all over, not just full-time lake residents. "It just shows how big our community is," Fansler said.
Local businesses are pitching in to help reduce the debt. On Oct. 19, the Willard Companies will sponsor Oktoberfest at Westlake Towne Center and a 5K trail race, with all proceeds benefiting the YMCA's campaign.
Entry to the rain-or-shine Oktoberfest event is $5 for adults and free for children 13 and under. Registration for the race is $25 for adults and $15 for children 13 and under.
Smith Mountain Building Supply will donate 50 percent of all in-store retail profits of hardware, paint, tools and front-store items excluding contractor business materials from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.
Fansler said the YMCA will continue to collect funds for the note after the fundraisers are over. For more information on the drive, call 721-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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