JEFFERSON-Phones were ringing off the hook at Family Central Wednesday afternoon as callers placed their final bids for paintings, baked goods and restaurant gift certificates during the 55th annual Ashe County Heart Auction.
Proceeds from the event will go to the American Heart Association for heart disease research, as well as to raise awareness through prevention campaigns.
“We are one group out of thousands (associations) throughout the country that have fundraisers, said Lynn Graham, chairman of the Ashe County Heart Association. “This is one of three fundraisers we host every year.”
Lynn expressed the importance of such fundraisers such as these as vital to the quality work done by the AHA by reeling off national statistics that succinctly described the growing epidemic. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, she said.
“Stroke is also the No. 4 killer of both men and women,” said Graham. “Without research, there would be no (development of) heart stints and valves.”
The auction is possible through the donation of goods and money from local individuals and businesses.
The items are then auctioned off during a radio broadcast by 580 WKSK. Volunteers, who manned telephones provided by Skyline telephone company, stood by to place bids from callers.
Advocates are shooting for $28,000 in total donations, but Graham said that previous auctions typically take home between 50 to 75 percent of the net total.
Last year, the auction generated nearly $17,000 for heart disease research.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.