CDR fundraising auction turns 40

A crowd of more than 600 will take to Jamestown High School in search of cool items benefiting a worthy cause as Child Development Resources hosts its 40th Annual Bid ‘n Buy Auction March 18.

“We were one of the first in the community to start an auction,” said Jenny O’Donnell, CDR’s development associate. “We’ve always just had such tremendous support from the community.”

The nonprofit organization offers early childhood services for low income families, children with special needs and other circumstances that can affect development. The event combines items donated by community members, area businesses sponsoring the event and people eager to shop while supporting a good cause. It also features children’s activities, live music and food for purchase.

The auction features around 500 live and silent auction items. Potential prizes include gift baskets, artwork, a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, a wood-fired pizza oven, a Dominican Republic vacation and dinners from restaurants such as the Fat Canary and Waypoint Grill. A raffle offers the chance to win a 2018 Jeep Compass. More items will be added as the date approaches.

The auction is CDR’s largest fundraising effort of the year.

“We serve more than 1,200 babies and young children in the community and their families,” O’Donnell said. “So there are a lot of people in the community who have been impacted by CDR.”

Want to go?

Child Development Resources’ Bid ‘n Buy Auction runs 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 18 at Jamestown High School, 3751 John Tyler Highway. Admission is free and open to the public.

Birkenmeyer can be reached by phone at 757-790-3029.

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