Milk Fund Auc­tion look­ing for items

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH B. NADEAU jnadeau@woonsock­et­call.com

WOONSOCKET – Romeo Berthi­aume, chair of the WOON Milk Fund Auc­tion Com­mit­tee, is look­ing for help in fill­ing the cup­boards for this year’s daily ra­dio auc­tion ben­e­fit­ing the Milk Fund.

Berthi­aume and the rest of the com­mit­tee, Darin Cooper, Michele Boc­chini, Tim Paul, state Rep. Robert Phillips and his wife, Nancy Phillips, and Kim Blais are look­ing for do­na­tions of items that can be of­fered at ac­tion on the Cof­fee An’ pro­gram through the end of De­cem­ber.

This year’s auc­tion kicks off with the Nov. 26 show, run­ning from 8 to 9 a.m. and con­ducted by WOON owner Dave Richards.

The ra­dio auc­tion has be­come one of the pri­mary fundrais­ers of the Milk Fund ap­peal rais­ing thou­sands of dol­lars for the char­ity in past years.

The fund­ing is raised through do­na­tions of such items as small ap­pli­ances, dec­o­ra­tive fur­nish­ings, gift cer­tifi­cates and spe­cial op­por- tu­ni­ties such as the Po­lar Ex­press tick­ets do­nated again by the Black­stone Val­ley Tourism Coun­cil.

The Po­lar Ex­press tick­ets are a prized auc­tion item, Berthi­aume noted, and draw many bids dur­ing the auc­tion’s run.

There are also sports mem­o­ra­bilia items do­nated by Milk Fund bene­fac­tors and this year a base­ball signed by Red Sox World Cham­pion pitcher David Price will be up for the tak­ing.

Those wish­ing to make do­na­tions can drop by ev­ery­thing from cof­fee mak­ers and toast­ers to elec­tric mix­ers and gift bas­kets, ac­cord­ing to Berthi­aume.

To ar­range for a do­na­tion, con­tact Berthi­aume at 401651-4739 or any other mem­ber of the com­mit­tee through WOON Ra­dio at 985 Park Ave., in Woonsocket.

In ad­di­tion to the Cof­fee An’ daily show dur­ing the week, the auc­tion will also be held each Satur­day morn­ing from 6 to 9 a.m. dur­ing Berthi­aume’s Satur­day Show on WOON.

The Milk Fund is a 501C(3) char­ity with all do­na­tions tax de­ductible.

The Milk Fund is en­ter­ing its 87th year and was founded in 1932 by the Woonsocket Child and Fam­ily Ser­vice, now the Com­mu­nity Care Al­liance, and The Woonsocket Call.

The fund is­sues vouch­ers to fam­i­lies in need that are re­deemed at L’il Gen­eral Con­ve­nience Stores for a steady sup­ply of milk through course of the year. The Com­mu­nity Care Al­liance over­sees the dis­tri­bu­tion pro­gram.

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