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Bid For A Cure auction set for March 17

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Annual event raises money to help fund research into curing cystic fibrosis

By D.T. CLARK, Staff

INDEPENDENCE — The 17th annual Bid for a Cure charity auction will be held on March 17 in the Grayson County High School auditorium in Independence.

For more than 20 years, the local Bid for a Cure event has raised funds to help researchers and doctors as they develop more and better treatments and gain ground in their race for a cure for cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that can impede breathing and normal physical growth.

Freddy Hall of Independence and his family have once again accepted and prepared a wide variety of items for the auction this year. Bidders always have plenty of items to choose from — the auction regularly features items such as furniture, sports equipment, household accessories and appliances, art and hand-crafted items, tools, antiques, collectibles and even services and skills such as house and yard work, babysitting, dog grooming and musical performances.

Some items even tell a story about local history.

Hall noted that one of the items is a desk that came from a former jewelry shop in Independence. Another item, a rosewood table and nine chairs donated by Shirley Gordon, was purchased years ago when they were overseas in service to their country.

“We also have donors that have supported us for many years,” Hall said, noting as an example that famed local guitarist and instrument maker Wayne Henderson “gives to the cause every single year.”

Featured items available this year include: a Golden Tee golf arcade game; Polar Express Lionel train; outdoor pergola with canopy; four day/three night vacation to Bald Head Island (up to 10 people, April 26-29); rosewood table with three leaves; Stihl leaf blower; Nick Saban autographed University of Alabama football; fall concert at your place with Wayne Henderson and Helen White; inflatable ice rink; Atari Flashback 7; NFL helmet autographed by Deshaun Watson, Alvin Kamara, Mitchell Trubisky, Juju Smith-Schuster, Kenny Golladay, Dalvin Cook and other players.

The auction will be conducted by Troy Humphreys and Ricky Higgins. Food will be available, prepared by Independence Flat Rock and First United Methodist Church.

The doors will open for preview at 8 a.m., followed by the auction beginning at 9 a.m. Cash, approved check or credit card will be accepted.

A Lifetime Payette Sit-In 9’8” recreational kayak will be raffled at 4:30 p.m. A 50/50 drawing will be held at 6 p.m.

Contact Freddy Hall at (276) 773-3456) or Susan Haga at (276) 236-3061 for more information.