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United Way groups teaming up for Tri-State Lives United Auction

November 20, 2008

In an effort to diversify funding, the United Way organizations of Washington County, Franklin County, Pa., the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Frederick, Md., are teaming up for the Tri-State Lives United Auction (unitedwayauctions.org).

The online auction works much like eBay, offering deals while raising funds for each of the United Way campaigns.

"The auction gives us an opportunity to do something a little different while reaching out even further to inspire people to get involved," said Leah Gayman, executive director of the United Way of Washington County.

"I feel very blessed to be part of a community who, year after year, steps up and gives back in a generous way. But this campaign is proving to be a challenging one, and that challenge requires us to think differently, try new things."

In addition to overnight getaways, plane rides and children's items, the auction will feature items such as a men's Rolex watch courtesy of R. Bruce Carson Jewelers in Hagerstown, and a spa and outdoor kitchen from Spa Warehouse in Hagerstown.

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The United Way and its partner agencies make the greatest impact on more than 50,000 people in Washington County with the most basic of needs, said Tom Newcomer, owner of R. Bruce Carson Jewelers.

"The auction provides a means of partnering with United Way to help improve the lives of those with the greatest needs," Newcomer said.

The auction is slated to run from Saturday, Nov. 29, through Monday, Dec. 8.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, the auction will be featured on NBC25 with a live show from 7 to 8 p.m. broadcast from Valley Mall.

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