Ideas limitless for donations to12th Man benefit auction
Don't worry if there's no Kansas University basketball signed by the 1988 NCAA Championship team squirreled away in the basement. Auctioneer Dan Hoover said just about anything valued at $25 or more could be donated for an auction benefiting Cardinal 12th Man, the Eudora High School football booster club.
"We don't want to limit ourselves," Hoover said. "We don't want to scare anybody off."
The community auction, slated for 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Laws Field, needs donations of common items, from quilts to antique furniture and glass.
"Those are really attractive items," Hoover said. "A lot of people like to buy tools and saws and drill presses."
Hoover said vehicles like motorcycles, boats, trailers and even cars would be welcomed. The auctioneer, who is donating his services for the fund-raiser, said less tangible items did well on the auction block, too. Hoover suggested something like Colorado timeshares or guided hunting trips would be welcome donations.
"Anything like that would be really nice," he said. "People really like those kinds of things."
Although the auction is a month away, Hoover said Eudorans wishing to donate items should contact him as soon as possible at 542-1326. Although the event is planned for Laws Field, inclement weather would relocate the auction to the Eudora Community Learning Center, downtown at 10th and Main streets. The auction will also include a barbecue and possibly a performance by the Eudora High School band.
"It's going to take the entire community to come together to bring us the good items to sell and to come and purchase the items the day of the auction," Hoover said.
Cardinal 12th Man also plans to sell Cardinal clothing items at football games as a fund-raiser. Shirts are $8 for players, $12 for others and $13 for sizes XXL and larger. The golf shirt and hat sell for $50 as a pair.
The football booster club is also again selling advertising space. Business banners, which hang at all Laws Field home games, vary depending on size. Businesses at the Bronze, Silver and Gold contribution levels can earn freebies like T-shirts and gate passes.
For more information, call Jim Jackson at 542-3812 or Don Durkin at 542-2240.
Among its projects, Cardinal 12th Man provides pre-game meals to football players and special equipment and practice uniforms.
"And it takes money to do that stuff," Hoover said. "I want to see these kids with what they deserve to have."
Hoover said it was hoped to bring the auction back in future football seasons.
"There's such a sense of community of the people that live here," he said. "They are 100 percent dedicated to these kids out there."