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Log cabin is auction's top prize

April 24, 2001

Log cabin is auction's top prize



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro

Log cabin to be auctionedPhoto: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

The big seller at Saturday's American Cancer Society auction will be a log cabin that was built by employees of a local electronics firm.

"We hope it brings about $4,000," said Donald Sheffler, one of more than a dozen workers at TYCO Electronics at 627 N. Grant St., who built the 8-foot-by-12-foot log cabin.

The cabin comes complete with insulation, windows, carpeting and a porch roof that flips back over the main roof so the structure can easily be moved.

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The cabin will be trucked to Waynesboro's Public Square today, where it will remain on display through Saturday's auction. TYCO workers will hold an open house at the cabin Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to give bidders a look at what they are buying, Sheffler said.

The auction will be held at Eagles Club at 22 E. Main St., beginning at 4 p.m. with a silent auction, followed at 5:30 p.m. with the oral auction.

Denise Beck, 37, of Waynesboro, who has survived cancer twice, is chairing the event for the 13th year.

The auction cleared $68,000 last year. This year Beck wants to raise at least $62,000, an amount she said will bring the total raised since the auction was first held 20 years ago to $1 million.

More than 500 items are on the block for the silent auction. Bidders will get a shot at more than 120 lots during the oral auction to be run by five local auctioneers.

So far,$17,000 in cash donations have been received, Beck said.

Auction lots range from family trips to restaurant dinners to antiques, paintings and furnishings to obscure items such as a pheasant hunt that sold for $1,300 last year or a dinner for eight that went for $1,500.

This year, a local dentist and his wife will provide a weekend of free baby-sitting.

The log cabin is listed as Lot 62 in the sale book, which advertises it as something that "could be your home away from home right in your own backyard."

Other possible uses for the insulated cabin could be as a small office, hunting cabin or mountain retreat.

Sheffler said TYCO's 257 employees had a hand in getting the cabin built. Money to buy the materials to build it was raised by the workers through in-plant hot dog sales, soup days in which employees brought in crock pots filled with homemade soup, spaghetti days, bake sales and raffles, including one for a NASCAR race weekend in Dover, Del.

Other employees donated cash to the cause, Sheffler said.

In years past, the TYCO workers built wooden playground equipment, jungle gyms and playhouses for the auction.

"This year, we voted to do something different and unique," said TYCO employee Tim Flohr.

TYCO was formerly AMP Inc.

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