Auction to help off-set price of youth activities in Hopewell

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - A city auction will take place in Hopewell. Money raised from the event won't only benefit the city but residents as well.

Funds from the auction will go directly to the city's Recreation and Parks Department. It will help keep programs and activities at a low cost - even at no cost for residents.

Computers, cars, even a fire truck are all going up on the auction block in Hopewell. They're items the city no longer needs, but doesn't want to toss out.

"A lot of times people come to get pieces and parts off computers as well," said Jo Turek, Director of Recreation and Parks.

The event happens annually, but what makes this year different is the tight economy. The Recreation and Parks Department, like many other city departments, had to make cuts. But money raised from this auction will be pumped into Recreation and Parks which in turn will help you save money.

"The way this helps us we're still able to maintain the level of service but not increase prices," said Turek.

That means free programs continue to be free and those who can't afford to participate in a fee based activity won't be turned away.

"If kids in the community aren't able to pay a lot of the time we'll use some of those funds to help pay for someone to be a part of a program," said Turek.

It's great news for resident Holly Edens.

"That's the important part is keeping these things free," Holly said.

Holly and her family friend, 9 year old Austin, participate in activities at the department. Something they'd have a hard time doing if prices jumped.

"We wouldn't be able to do it, I mean, we simply can't in this economic hardship of today. Families can't afford even 2 or 3 dollars per child. That adds up," said Holly.

Organizers of the auction are hoping to off load dozens of bikes, file cabinets and fax machines. Items they say will translate into more kids keeping busy and out of trouble.

Last year the auction resulted in $10,000. This year organizers are hoping to top that number.

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