Snowflakes and Birthday Cake: It’s Holiday Auction Time, by Carla Ruschival

It's a holiday celebration; it's a birthday party! ACB's third annual Holiday Auction will be coming to you live on ACB Radio from Louisville, Ky. on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. Eastern (4 to 8 p.m. Pacific). Kick off the holiday season in style and celebrate ACB Radio's 15th birthday — all at the same time. Join in the fun from anywhere in the country, from any computer or any telephone.
 
The 2013 ACB Holiday Auction was a huge success. Packed with holiday treats and great gift ideas, the auction raised over $5,000 for ACB Radio.
 
The ACB Radio staff and brand-new Holiday Auction Committee are teaming up to bring you a wonderful shopping experience and the perfect opportunity to support ACB Radio! Whether you are searching for that special gift for a loved one or a holiday surprise for yourself, the 2014 Holiday Auction has it all: sparkling jewelry, mouth-watering holiday treats, exquisite music boxes and dolls, gifts for everyone on your list.
 
Auction preview pages are once again available on the ACB web site; follow the Holiday Auction link at www.acb.org to browse the preview pages and choose the items on which you plan to bid.
 
On Dec. 7 between 7 and 11 p.m. Eastern, tune in to ACB Radio by computer at www.acbradio.org, or by telephone by dialing (231) 460-1047.  Michael McCarty and Carla Ruschival will once again be your on-air hosts; Larry Turnbull and Jim Fenn will be in the studios, working behind the scenes to keep us on the air; and Patti Cox and Paula Wiese will be taking your calls and registering your bids.
 
Bidding is easy, and will be fast and furious. Two telephone numbers and additional telephone lines will allow us to take your bids more quickly this year, and there should be fewer busy signals. 
 
To bid on an item, listen for it to be announced on the air. Call 1-877-904-1080 or (502) 571-1080 to place your bid. If you do receive a busy signal, hang up and try again. Please note that there are more local lines available, so you may wish to use the 502 number for bidding.
 
All items will be shipped to winners during the week of Dec. 8. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. Payment must be made by credit or debit card; sorry, no checks or cash payments can be accepted due to the short processing time.
 
Homemade treats will be shipped by the donor; all other items will ship from the ACB Minneapolis office.
 
Happy bidding, and thanks in advance for your support of ACB Radio.