Looking for a basketball signed by the members of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors? Or maybe you’d like a getaway weekend to New York City.

Those items and nearly 300 more will be up for grabs next month in the Wayne Community Church’s annual auction.

“I think we have a little something for everyone,” said Carol Ladd, who co-chairs the auction with Mike and Sue Faulkner.

The auction is a yearly fundraiser for the church’s community outreach programs, including a preschool, day care and general assistance with oil, food and electricity.

“It goes into the general fund for whatever the immediate needs are,” Ladd said. “Any time people have a need, a lot of times they come to the church.”

This year’s auction not only includes items to appeal to a variety of interests, but also offers a greater opportunity to bid on those items, thanks to an online presence. The website, tiny.cc/wayneauction, lists every item up for auction and allows people to bid on those items. Most of the items list a price to “buy it now” and forgo the auction process.

The site also lists phone numbers at the top of the page for those who would prefer to call in a bid.

The silent auction begins at 4 p.m. July 9 at the Wayne Community Church at 22 Old Winthrop Road. Sheets in front of the items will list the latest bid for each item. The silent auction will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9; 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 10; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 11. The auction will conclude with a barbecue during which all the winners will be announced, Ladd said.

The opening celebration is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. July 9 at Ladd’s house at 505 Main St. There will be refreshments and music and a live auction during which the “hot items” will be pulled out and auctioned off, Ladd said. Craig Miller, meteorologist for WGME television, is expected to serve as auctioneer.

Ladd said 294 items are up for grabs, including gift certificates to various local shops and restaurants and items made in Wayne. There are getaways to destinations in Maine, Aruba and Florida, and a VIP bus tour to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

The Faulkers, who summer in Wayne, are responsible for collecting many of the donations throughout the year, Ladd said.

“This is their way of giving back to the church,” she said. “He’s got a relationship with all these people.”

For more information call Ladd at 685-4504.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

[email protected]

Twitter: @CraigCrosby4


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