By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
The 25th annual Bids for Kids televised auction wrapped up Saturday night, completing its first year streamed online.
The popular live mini-auction, which allows bidders to scoop up any items not auctioned off during the telethon, starts today at 3 p.m. at Reardon Auditorium on the Anderson University campus.
An estimated 1,300 items were available in this year’s auction, and many were expected to remain available for the live auction.
As of 7 p.m. Saturday, organizers estimated the event had brought in $60,400, with five hours still remaining in the televised auction.
The program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, is organized by the Anderson Exchange Club, which has a goal of educating the public about the problem of child abuse and preventing at-risk families from neglecting their children.
Fred Sweigart, president of the Exchange Club, said the program has grown annually and experienced a bump in popularity this year thanks to social media. The club added Facebook and Twitter pages to increase awareness of the event.
Sweigart said the goal of the program is to make about $100,000 each year, and averages about $80,000 each year. Over the past 25 years, the club is estimated to have raised $1.2 million. Proceeds go to a family resource center which helps troubled families with everything from balancing checkbooks to proper child care.
Pam Knight of Anderson’s Department of Child Services attended and talked about the importance of reporting suspected child abuse.
“We want to give families what they need to be happy and keep kids safe,” Knight said.
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