Milk Fund Auction looking for items
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.