All year, the most unique donations collected by the Impossible Dream thrift store have been placed aside for the Watertown Urban Mission to host its 10th Annual Fundraising Auction on Saturday, April 21st, at St. Anthony’s Bingo Hall & Gymnasium, 850 Arsenal Street in Watertown.
Both the auction preview and “cash and carry” sale — in which the public can purchase designer purses and jewelry at low, fixed prices — will open promptly at 9 a.m. and the live auction will last from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Store manager Tammy Olivas said this year’s auction will be bigger and better than ever, with unique items to satisfy a wide range of tastes.
“All year, we put aside rare valuables that are donated for the auction,” she said. “We know that people will be thrilled with the selection that we have this year.”
A few of the items up for auction include: retro keepsakes, beautiful home décor items, classic antiques, an electric Fender guitar, an amp, authentic fur coats, and a large advertising package from Tunes 92.5. Also included will be over 20 silent auction baskets filled with gift cards and special items from local businesses.
Additionally, enormous gift baskets from the Watertown Urban Mission’s member churches are donated. Themes this year include: 1000 Islands getaway packages, a baby basket, “tour of the town” gift card baskets, a gardening-themed basket, a great outdoors basket, and many more. Local churches are sure to submit their best baskets as they compete for the annual WUMBA award which rewards them for raising the most money with their basket.
This year’s live auction will be conducted by Johnny Spezzano of The Border 106.7, Bunny Gorman, and Brian Ashley, formerly of WWNY/TV 7.
“Our celebrity auctioneers make this event high-energy, thrilling, and successful,” Ms. Olivas said. “We would like for the public to know that this event is open to everyone, so please come and experience the excitement.”
There will be food and lots of fun to be had, and all proceeds from this fundraiser directly support the Watertown Urban Mission’s programs, which help people suffering hardships throughout Jefferson County.
“The auction is not only a fun event for attendees, but it generates critical support for our programs, which strive to meet ever-growing and changing needs in your community,” said Joanna J. Loomis, executive director of the Urban Mission. “Together, our six major programs serve your neighbors in need more than 40,000 times each year in the form of food, shelter, help with prescriptions, infant needs, clothing and household items, help overcoming addiction, home-delivered meals, financial literacy, and much more.”