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Fur coats, a car among items up for bid at chamber's Action Auction CARROLL COUNTY FARM/BUSINESS


If the price is right, you could walk away from tomorrow's Action Auction with a full-length mink coat.

The auction, which benefits the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement, also features a 1992 Mercury Topaz, an overnight stay in the Comfort Inn's Jacuzzi suite and a chance to be a WTTR radio DJ for a day.

Local businesses have donated more than $20,000 in gifts for the second annual auction at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster. The $10 admission includes a fruit and dessert bar. A cash bar will be available.

"There are going to be a lot of bargains," said Helen Utz, the chamber's executive director. "This one [auction] is going to be even bigger than last year's because we have a few more donations."

When the doors open at 7:30 p.m., bidders will participate in a silent auction for about an hour, Ms. Utz said. During the silent auction, items for sale will be displayed around the hall and participants will write their bids on a sheet attached to the table.

"You have to keep your eye on the object because someone might come up and overbid you by a couple dollars," Ms. Utz said.

After 8:30 p.m., the live auction begins on the remaining items, she said. Auctioneers for the event have been donated by T.R. O'Farrell Inc. in Westminster, Ms. Utz said.

Bidding for the car, donated by Griffith Auto Park in Westminster, will probably begin at $7,000, said Griffith's general manager, Vince Iadevaia.

"We are donating a portion of the car," Mr. Iadevaia said, but he declined to say how much. "We've reduced it [the price] substantially, so the person will be buying it at wholesale or less."

The used vehicle -- a white, four-door automatic purchased from the Ford Motor Co. auction -- is valued at about $10,000, he said. Part of the winning bid will be returned to Griffith Auto Park, and the rest will go to the Chamber of Commerce.

Furs by Susan in Hanover, Pa., is donating the full-length mink, valued at $6,500, said Melvin Mills, Junior Achievement's local chairman of the board.

"We feel this adds another dimension to the auction," said Mr. Mills, who has known the shop's owner, Susan Eline, since he served in the National Guard with her husband.

"We don't have a furrier in Westminster, but a lot of Carroll County people do shop in Hanover," he said. "Also, she does donate furs to other nonprofit agencies for auctions in the area."

Ms. Eline is also donating a full-length, black leather coat with a black fox collar, valued at $700; a pearl beige mink jacket, valued at $4,000, and a leather bomber jacket with a shaved rabbit lining, valued at $600, Mr. Mills said.

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