First Posted: 4/11/2012 11:11:17 AM | Last Updated: 4/11/2012 11:11:18 AM
The best deals in town return this April with the 45th annual CET Action Auction!
This year’s Action Auction will be broadcast from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, through Friday, April 20, and from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 21.
“The auction is one of CET’s main annual fundraisers and involves volunteers from all segments of our community. Proceeds from the event help fund our programs for viewers at home and in classrooms as well as many of our outreach and arts initiatives,” said Jack Dominic, CET station manager.
During the broadcast, CET viewers can call-in bids for the items being auctioned. Some of those items include a Thomas More College tuition grant, a platinum 1930s diamond ring, tickets to Cincinnati Reds games, a handcrafted cedar and driftwood chair, summer boat storage at Manhattan Harbour, a $1,000 wedding cake certificate, a fine art reproduction of C.F. Payne’s “College All-Star Greats” and a custom-made kilt. For a glimpse of the items as they roll in, visit www.CETconnect.org.
Dr. O’dell Owens, president of Cincinnati State, returns as the auction chair for a record-setting third consecutive year.
“CET, our local PBS station, is a leader in early childhood education and literacy. The programs and resources they provide to our community give children and families the opportunity to build a strong future,” Owens said. “The auction is an important part of making sure CET is able to provide those services now and for future generations.”
Owens also is presenting a “Dream Board” filled with things you can’t buy anywhere else, including dinner at Montgomery Inn hosted by Dean Gregory and lunch with basketball great Oscar Robertson.
Here are some of the highlights for 2012 Action Auction:
Thursday is Northern Kentucky night complete with items from across the river.
“Wine Night” is Saturday and there will be a sneak preview Friday.
Tune in early and stay up late to check out the “Bargain Boards.”
The “Dream Board” includes dinner hosted by Dean Gregory, lunch with Oscar Robertson and much more.
Charlie’s Bargain Barn, which features items not auctioned on-air, will be open during pick-up and pay hours.
If you plan to bid on items in this year’s Action Auction, you might be interested in our Express Bid Numbers. Letters were mailed to former auction participants, but if you didn’t receive one or are a new bidder, please call 513-345-6549 for more information. You do not have to have an Express Bid Number to bid, but it does make bidding easier.
Winning bidders must pick up their items, or secure their items with a credit card, by 4pm Sunday, April 22. If not, the item will go to the next highest bidder.
Although the auction is just around the corner, CET is still looking for item donations and volunteers. For more information, visit www.CETconnect.org/events or contact the events department at 513-345-6549.
“We are confident that again, for the 45th year, the community will watch, bid and buy,” Dominic said.
This year’s Action Auction sponsors are as follows: Netherland Rubber Co.; Union Central/Ameritas Life Insurance; Heidelberg Distributing Company; LaRosa’s; Ohio Valley Wine & Beer Co.; Champion Windows;; Toyota; Cincinnati State; Ohio National Financial Services; USA Collision Centers; Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss; Llanfair Retirement Community; SimplySensible; Insurance Women of Cincinnati, UBS Financial Services, Inc.; ZF Steering Systems; Hoeting Realtors and CET’s Premiere Circle Committee.