Three of Macons key organizations -- the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and NewTown Macon -- have come together once again to organize A Halluva Auction. Last years function raised nearly $100,000 for the organizations and had more than 400 attendees.
The host committee is one of our strongest assets in creating this successful event. The diversity in the group ensures a variety of auction items and helps to draw in communitywide support each year, said Bobby Pope, executive director of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Featuring both a live and a silent auction, tickets are $25 at the door. Auction items include a dove hunt in Argentina, a guitar autographed by Luke Bryan, antiques, sporting event tickets, vacation packages, jewelry and more.
There really is something for everyone at A Halluva Auction, Pope said. All price points, interests and hobbies have been covered. Some items to highlight include an all-inclusive hunting trip to Argentina for four people with airfare, a hot air balloon ride, gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, a flat screen TV, diamond and pearl earrings, tickets to sporting and musical events, autographed collectibles and local art.
Raffle tickets are being sold for $100 each and include admission for two to the auction. Tickets will be drawn through the night with the final ticket award being $10,000.
We could not be more excited about this auction on Friday. Its the third annual auction and it is bigger and better than ever before, said Kris Hattaway, director of place for NewTown Macon. We are having the live auction, silent auction and a reverse raffle. There are only 400 tickets. When the event starts, we will draw our first ticket. That ticket, and every 50th, will win $250. The last ticket, of course, is the big winner and will win $10,000.
It really is a good time. We have something for everyone -- children and adults. Our (auction) catalog is available online, Hattaway said. The benefits from this are really immeasurable. ... The money raised is really helping revitalization efforts.
There will be an open bar and hors doeuvres, catered by Satterfields, all night. Charles Olson will be the emcee for the event.
He has been with us since the beginning of this event and, of course, is well known from his sports radio show. Throughout the event he will be announcing the winning raffle balls and giving more information about the beneficiaries, said Hattaway. The event is high energy; there is a lot going on and the whole event is entertaining. Our goal this year is to surpass lasts years funds. But the real goal is to bring people in Middle Georgia together to support these vital intuitions.
A Halluva Auction
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Terminal Station, 479 Cherry St.
Cost: $25 at the door
Information: (478) 330-7055 or www.halluvaauction.com