Avoid the Gala auction rush by placing a virtual early bid

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The Roane Alliance’s annual fundraising Gala will have hundreds of auction items up for bid for the hundreds of attendees at the always-popular Hollywood-themed event on Nov. 19.

For those who cannot attend, The Alliance is offering something new — virtual early bidding for Alliance supporters.

“Anyone who has supported the Alliance in the past, in any way, can just give us a call at the office, and we will send you a list of our auction items (with descriptions and values, etc.), assign you a bid number and, after you let us know what you want to bid on and how much you’re offering, we will take care of it from there,” said Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson of this new service.

“It will be just like you have a virtual presence at the event,” she added.

“And with Christmas right around the corner, this will be a quick
and easy way to take care of this year’s shopping list. And in these tight economic times, to be able to buy these luxury items at bar-
gain prices — all of which are tax free — can also save you a lot of money.”

The Alliance Gala is one of the county’s premiere social events. It includes a gourmet meal, a wine reception, music and entertainment, live and silent auctions.

The Gala’s purpose is to raise funds to support the operations
of The Roane Alliance throughout the year, covering a wide range of economic and community development activities geared toward making Roane County more prosperous and enhancing the lives of its citizens.

“Your support for our Gala this year is vital to the continuing
success of those efforts,” said Ben Andrews, chairman of The Roane Alliance board of directors.

Auction items this year include a wide array of sports memorabilia; a purebred black Labrador puppy; a great selection of beauty and gift baskets; jewelry; handbags; spa, restaurant and entertainment certificates; and hundreds of other items.

A sneak peek of some of the items can be seen at www.roanealliance.org/whats-new.html.

It is not too late to be a sponsor, buy tables, purchase individual tickets or make donations to the auction.

To become a Gala supporter in any way — including the virtual early bidding — call The Alliance at 376-2093 before 5 p.m. Nov. 18.