Annual TACO Radio Auction slated for this weekend

Months of hard work by members of the Tyrone Area Community Organization are about to pay off as their annual radio auction is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.
The radio auction will be aired live over WTRN 1340 AM. Saturday, the auction is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m., after the morning news. Sunday, the auction is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
For the weekend, The Daily Herald office will once again be transformed into the headquarters for the TACO radio auction, where the items and the phone lines will be located.
Individuals can participate by listening to TACO members describe the items over the airwaves, and if anyone is interested in bidding on an item, they may simply call 684-4000; 684-4001 or 684-4603 with an offer.
Over the years, the radio auction has traditionally been broadcast over one day. Because the auction has successfully grown, it has been expanded to fit over a two-day time period.
Cary Simpson and WTRN have donated airtime so that TACO can hold the radio auction over two days. Also, donated items for the event are featured on a web site at
Items can also be viewed at The Daily Herald window or at the former Foxfire window in downtown Tyrone.
TACO members contacted 340 area businesses, and many have donated merchandise or gift certificates for the auction.
The following is a list of some of the large auction items: $148 pocket watch from Beerbower Jewelers; $80 night’s stay at Comfort Inn in Huntingdon; $75 guitar from Custom Guitar Works; $75 necklace from Dorman Jewelry; four $100 gift certificates from Elder Photography; $75 wool blanket from Evans Associates; $109 night’s stay at Hampton Inn; $100 basket from Home and Garden Party (Judy Shunk); $100 gift certificate from Jackson Hewitt and $106 white tiger picture from Jeannie’s Home Decorating
Also, LA Fitness $75 certificate; $100 towards body repair at McClellan’s Body Shop; two $200 gift certificates from Moments Photography; $75 in used parts from Shafer’s Auto; brown XL $90 jacket from Snap-On; brown large $90 jacket from Snap-On; Orange County Chopper bike replica worth $200 from Snap-On and BL Gift Wholesale white tiger glass table worth $80.
A list of some of the businesses who donated gift certificates includes: Alice’s Garden, AMED, Anders Auto, Attorney Ayers, Beauty Salon, Bickles Surplus, Borough of Tyrone (two swimming pool passes), Bull Pen, Burger King, Central Penn Vision Associates, Chic Salon, Ci Ci’s Pizza, Chuck E Cheese, Clem’s Barbecue, Computer Pro Plus, Cracker Barrel, Curves, Daily Herald, Deb Snyder Beauty Salon, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Denny’s, Domino’s, Dougy D’s Sub and Video, East End, Eat-n-Park, Family Chill-n-Grill, Bald Eagle Fire Hall, Fullington Bus, G & P Dollar Stretcher, G & R Excavating, Gardners Candies, George’s Barber Shop, Golden Clip, Dr. Grant, H & R Block and Hamer’s.
Also, Holiday Bowl, Holly’s House of Style, Hometown Market, Hoss’s, Hunter’s Garage, Jeanos, Jiffy Lube, Johnson Auto Parts, Juniata Packing-Kunzler, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kilmartin Tax Service, King’s, Kruez Auto Repair, Lakemont Park, LaScalia’s, Lasser Shoe Fly, Indian Caverns, Lincoln Caverns, Long John Silvers, Mac’s Market, Mainstreet Cafe, Martin’s, McCloskey Brothers, McDonald’s, Meadows in Greenwood, Morningstar, New Enterprise, New Look Hair Salon, Northern Blair Recreation Center, Olive Garden, Omega Bank, OIP in Tyrone and OIP in Bellwood.
Also, Pat’s Alterations, Papa John’s, Paul’s Amoco, Four Paws Towing, Penn Fuel, Pizza Hut in Altoona, Pizza Hut in Tyrone, Ponderosa, Pleasant Valley Recreation Center, Judy Price Income Tax, Prime Sirloin, PS Printing, Red Lobster, Reese’s Store, Rhonda’s Retreat, Riley’s Bed and Breakfast, Romano’s, Rossi Cornerstore, Sam’s Club, Shear Magic, Bellwood Sheetz, Paul Sherry, Silverscreen, Simpson Street Fashion, Slinky Action Zone, TGI Friday’s, TLB Cycles and Accessories, Towne and Country Animal Hospital, Tri Star, Tyrone Auto Salvage, Tyrone Sandwich and Six Pack Shop, VL Hall and Beauty Salon, Wal-Mart, Wendy’s, Wilson’s Barber Shop, Meadows of Duncansville and Bald Eagle Sportsman.
TACO members would like to thank all the businesses who have already made cash donations as well. Also, other donated merchandise that hasn’t been listed can be seen in the windows, and more items will be coming in as it gets closer to the start of the auction on Saturday.
Listeners should tune in all day, as the order of the large items will be given at different times. TACO members do not know the exact time items will be auctioned off, so those interested should listen all day.
The money TACO raises helps to fund the projects the service organization sponsors for the Tyrone community in the coming year, and it is the group’s largest fund raiser of the year.
TACO sponsors such events as the Easter egg hunt, the fish rodeo, the Tyrone Halloween parade, a Distinguished Service Award and Boss of the Year Award.
It also sponsors a pee-wee baseball team and youth football competition as well as awards four scholarships of $500 each to seniors at Tyrone Area High School. The money for the scholarships was raised in part during a successful spaghetti dinner held at the Tyrone Armory.
TACO meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. and dues are $10 a year. Individuals must be 16-years-old to participate.
Chairpersons for the TACO radio auction include: president, Ruth Brower; vice president, Dave Kaup and Buddy Daughenbaugh.
They would like to thank Bruce Cox for the use of the FoxFire window and The Daily Herald for the use of the window and the office. They would also like to thank Cary Simpson for donating the air time and for the use of the WTRN website.
Donations are still being accepted and may be in the form of merchandise, a gift certificate, or a monetary donation. In exchange for a donation for the radio auction, the business will be promoted live over WTRN. If a business or individual donates more than one item, they will receive more airtime on the radio.
If anyone has questions or donations, or if anyone is interested in becoming a member of TACO, contact Buddy and Ruth at 684-3386 or Dave at 684-1592.