The Tyrone Area Community Organization’s Annual Radio Auction is the group’s largest fund raiser of the year.
In the past weeks, TACO members have been busy picking up donated merchandise and gift certificates from local businesses and organizations, and those items will be auctioned off Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10. The Radio Auction will be aired live over WTRN 1340 AM.
Donations are currently 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.
So far, TACO has received an assortment of gift certificates, merchandise and cash donations, with many more to come in the near future.
Area businesses that have donated gift certificates so far include: Anders, Baney’s, B&B Small Engine Repair, Borough of Tyrone, Chic Salon, Port Matilda Clem’s BBQ, Computer Pro Plus, Daily Herald, DelGrosso Amusement Park, Denny’s Restaurant, Dream Events and More, East End Pizza, Eat-n-Park, Family Chill-n-Grill, Family Clothesline, Gardners Candies, Golden Clip, Holiday Bowl, Hoss’s, Juniata Kunzler and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Also, Kilmartin Tax Service, King’s Family Restaurant, Kreuz Auto Repair, Lakemont Park, Lincoln Caverns, Northern Blair Rec Center, G&R Excavating, Olive Garden, Pat’s Alterations, Four Paws Towing, Ponderosa, PS Printing, Red Lobster, Sam’s Club, SilverScreen Video, Snappy’s/Subway, Deb Snyder’s Beauty Salon, Suzi’s Scrubs and Uniforms, TGI Friday’s, Tyrone BPOE 212, Town and Country Vet, Tyrone Sportsman, Burger King, Central Penn Vision, Hunter’s Garage, Stages Photography, Deb’s Posey Patch, Jiffy Lube, LA Fitness, Meadows of Greenwood, McDonald’s, McCracken’s Garage, Natural Gains, Pizza Hut Altoona, Cornerstone Builders, Sheetz of Bellwood, Dan Sprankle’s Auto Outlet, Ultimate Bagel and TriStar.
Area businesses donating merchandise for the auction include: Ace Hardware and Bald Eagle Fire Company, BCCOA, Cowfer’s Custom Design, DelGrosso Foods, Fouss Used Cars, General Cable, Juniata College Bookstore, KC Trophies, Krispy Kreme, Christi Mingle Gold Canyon Candles, Omega Bank, Penn Alto Bottling, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat, Tyrone Football Boosters, Tyrone Basketball Boosters, Timber Nation, Tyrone Milling, Kelly Wike State Farm Insurance, Olive Johnson in memory of Earl Johnson, Pepperidge Farm, Buttercrust, Frito Lay, Strohman’s, Little Debbie, Tasty Cake, Luse Distributing, Drayer Physical Therapy, Fisher’s Auto Parts, Janitorial Supplies, Shoefly Inc./Lasser’s Shoefly, Overcash Foods, Pacifico Bakery and Scents of Life.
Area businesses donating both gift certificates and merchandise include: Courtesy Ford Kia, Jeano’s Pizza, New Look Hair Salon and Rossi’s Corner Store.
Area businesses donating large items for the auction include: Comfort Inn of Huntingdon, Curves, Jackson Hewitt, Jeanne’s Home Decorating Ideals, Shaffer’s Auto Parts and Idiehl Hunt.
Cash donations have been received from: Baltimore Life, Blair Candy, DC Tree Service, Feller Memorial Home, Irvin Trucking, Joe Kowalski Horseshoeing, Dr. Francis McClain, Dan Parson Used Cars, Joyce T. Phillips Real Estate, Reese’s Store, Richard H. Searer Funeral Home, Dr. Robert Sloss, Diehl’s Garage, Taylor’s Heating and Air, Tyrone Hospital, Pam Weyer Beauty Shop and Tanning, Walt Metzgar and Albemarle.
Saturday, February 9, the auction is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m., after the morning news. Sunday, February 10, the auction is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
For that 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.
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.
Auction items can be viewed in The Daily Herald window in downtown Tyrone, and donated items for the event will soon be featured on a web site at www.wtrn.net as well.
Approximately 315 businesses and organizations should have already received an informational letter in the mail from TACO asking for participation in the auction. All businesses are encouraged to participate. If a business is new to the area, TACO may not have sent a letter, so be sure to contact a member of TACO for more information or to donate an item for the auction.
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 fundraiser 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 pee-wee and teener league baseball teams and a youth football competition as well as awards four scholarships of $500 each to seniors at Tyrone Area High School.
Because of the success of the Radio Auction, TACO is also able to help families facing a crisis situation on a case-by-case basis throughout the year.
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 as a member of TACO.
Chairpersons for the TACO Radio Auction include: president, Ruth Brower and vice president, Dave Kaup.
If anyone has questions or donations, contact Ruth at 684-3386.