Museum foundation to hold annual raffle, auction

awoolen@macon.comJuly 10, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- The 28th annual Museum of Aviation Foundation Auction, Raffle and Taste of Local Cuisine will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

There will be several hundred items to bid on in the silent auction, and food from 30 restaurants will be served at the Century of Flight Hangar.

Regulars such as local barbecue places and cupcake makers will be on hand to offer patrons the chance to sample food.

“We have a reputation for a good night out,” co-chairman Jimmy Autry said.

The live auction will start at 8 p.m. It will include 30 larger items such as furs, paintings, vacations and more.

There are vacation houses at St. Simons Island and in Colorado. A necklace from Tiffany’s will be part of the live auction as well.

“We’re well on our way,” Autry said.

Gift cards, paintings, tickets and more will be part of the silent auction.

Disney has donated tickets as well as toys to the cause.

The auction is the main funding source for the Museum of Aviation Foundation. Last year, more than $200,000 was raised.

Autry said the auction is especially important now with funding cutbacks from the Air Force.

“The community is stepping up to continue to provide education to 60,000 students,” he said.

At last count, the foundation had sold 700 of the $100 tickets, which admit two people. The event can hold 1,500 people.

The first-place winner of the raffle will win a choice of $30,000 or a new car or truck from a Warner Robins automobile dealer. Second place is $3,000 and third place pays $1,000.

A cash 50/50 drawing also will be held. Seven pre-drawings have been held for ticket holders to win such things as iPads and cash.

“It looks like a good time,” Autry said.

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