Online Auction to Help Fund Mentorship Program | Local News


MOULTRIE, Ga. — The Colquitt County Educational Foundation (CCEF) is gearing up for its first-ever fundraising event, an online auction, to benefit the organization’s literacy mentoring mission. “Bid on a Brighter Colquitt” will take place June 1-16 in a virtual format using auction technology provided by Weeks Auction Group (WAG).

It’s a great partnership,” says CCEF CEO Dr. Brad Gregory. “Weeks Auction Group is known throughout our region for running successful auctions, and we are fortunate to have them right here in our backyard as a Colquitt County-based business. I am thrilled to be working with them to launch the foundation’s first-ever community fundraiser.

Throughout May, CCEF staff and volunteers will be accepting donated and consigned items from the community for inclusion in the auction.

“Obviously we’re looking for big ticket items like tractors, boats, cars, ATVs, furniture and possessions,” says Gregory, “but we’re also able to accept art, antiques, coins, collectibles, memorabilia and other unique or historically significant items.

A full wish list of items sought by the organization, along with instructions on how to donate or consign, can be found on the CCEF website at www.brightercolquitt.org. Donations are tax deductible.

The group will spend the month of May collecting donations and working alongside WAG to take photos, write descriptions and upload all items to the auction app. The auction will go live on June 1 and will accept bids until June 16.

CCEF Board Chair Barbara Grogan is eager to see the results.

“With all the supply chain issues we’re facing right now, it’s actually hard to buy things like tractors and boats. The new inventory just isn’t there. That’s why we think this auction is the perfect dual-purpose solution. We hope to see in-demand items make their way into the auction, and in turn, keep funds here locally to benefit early childhood literacy.

Funds raised from the auction will provide scholarships, teacher grants, educational support, recruitment and training of mentors, promotion of early childhood literacy and educational resources for students, Colquitt County families and educators.

To donate, consign or purchase, visit the “Bid on a Brighter Colquitt” event page on the CCEF website, or contact Gregory at [email protected] or (229) 454-1546.

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