By Sue Botos
Insomniacs and shopaholics, rejoice! It’s time, once again, for Northeast Ohio’s rite of spring: the annual WVIZ/PBS televised auction. This year it will air from April 24 to April 27 (3 p.m. to 1 a.m. tomorrow and Friday, and noon until 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday).
For the second year, Rocky River will be featured as a “destination board,” which highlights entertainment, dining and other unique packages offered by businesses in specific communities. In fact, so many Rocky River businesses contributed items, the city will be the only one with two boards.
Presented by Bill Brink, general manager of Beachcliff Market Square, and Liz Manning, executive director of the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, the Rocky River segments will air on Saturday at noon and Sunday during the 6 p.m. hour.
Other communities offering local items will be Fairview Park, Lakewood, Beachwood, Geneva-on-the-Lake, and the Lake Erie Shores and Islands.
“It was a riot last year. When you hear that horn toot (for an overbid), you can really ham it up,” commented Brink, who hosted last year’s Rocky River premiere segment with former economic development Director Kory Koran.
The segments will be interspersed with information about the city and a video. “It’s a great opportunity to talk up the city and its businesses,” Brink stated. He said a total of $5,500 worth of Rocky River-specific items have been donated.
Brink said about 12 to 15 city businesses are offering items for bid, including
• a tuneup from Century Cycles;
• baskets of “goodies and goodness” from Brown Aveda Institute, Erie Island Coffee, Fitness Evolution Personal Training, Planet Fitness, Pure Enchantment, SalonCentric and Tomorrows Salon;
• gift cards to Rocky River restaurants including Burntwood Tavern and Mad Tex Burgers n’ Mex; and
• dinner for six at the Cleveland Yachting Club from Gloria Hardington.
Brink said he was especially pleased to announce the donation of an original piece of Cowan pottery, a vase designed by Viktor Schreckengost, from the Cowan Pottery Museum Association.
Throughout the 40-plus hours of the event, more than 4,000 items will be up for bid. All auction proceeds support WVIZ/PBS. During auction hours, bids can be called in at 216-578-2525 or 866-393-2525. Visit www.wviz.org/auction for a 24/7 preview and secure bidding.
Aside from valuable on-air TV promotion, donors also receive tax deductions. For more information, go to wviz.org/auction or call 216-916-6154. Donations can be made at any time. The auction is made possible by hundreds of volunteers from all over the area who participate behind the scenes and on air. The event is underwritten by Eaton, KeyBank, Nordson Corp. and PNC Bank.