by Brenda Dillon

Are you a collector or a sports enthusiast? Would you like to have dinner with our ACB president or would you like an opportunity to have a belly dancing lesson? How would you like to possess your very own Dale Earnhardt jacket? Does a week-long vacation at a luxury resort sound inviting? Well, make plans to attend a treasure hunt --the 3rd annual ACB auction to be held on Wednesday night, July 8th, beginning at 7:00, with an hour to preview starting at 6:00. These and many other treasures will await you.

This year we are introducing another exciting aspect of the auction. In addition to our fun-filled live auction, we plan to have a silent auction segment which we are calling the "Affiliate Package Parade." We are urging each state and special-interest affiliate to show your support by providing a fabulous item -- a theme basket, a vacation package, a unique item/rare collectible, jewelry, gift certificates, etc. We plan to have these displayed for everyone to see and to place bids for. Let's have some friendly competition among our affiliates to see what wonderful and sought-after packages we can come up with! Items for the "Affiliate Package Parade" must be in the hands of the auction committee by noon on Sunday.

In order for us to provide braille and large print lists of the items with descriptions, you must contact us as soon as you know what you are bringing. William Benjamin is accepting auction item information at this time. He prefers that you e-mail him your item information along with a brief description at [email protected]. If you are unable to e-mail, you may call him at (850) 877-1512.

If you prefer to ship your item(s) to Orlando, Bill Freeman has graciously agreed to receive and store auction items for us. Bill's address is: 3629 Lake Buynak Rd., Windermere, FL 34786. Please mark all items: Attn ACB Auction. The deadline for receiving items via mail is July 1. Thanks, Bill, for helping us out with this crucial matter.

For individuals and others contributing items for the live auction, the above instructions apply to you as well. The sooner we are aware of your contribution, the more work we can get behind us regarding the necessary data entry. Your cooperation would be so helpful and deeply appreciated.

Another strategy for making as much money as possible for the auction will be to utilize an online auction service for some items throughout the coming year. We will keep you informed as this project develops.

Families stick together during hard times. There's no denying we are facing economic challenges throughout our country. Don't underestimate what your support, whether it be a donation or a bid, means to your ACB family! We are counting on your participation to make this auction a success!

If you have questions, contact Brenda Dillon at (615) 874-1223 or e-mail her at [email protected].

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