‘Toys for Kidz’ auction Thursday

Published 2:18 pm Thursday, October 13, 2011

Items up for auction include a wide variety of prizes including portable greenhouses, back, and large hammock stands, right.

With fall in full swing, the holiday season will be here in a flash and employees at Pee Wee Construction Co. are already preparing for the busy season, which includes the company’s annual auction to benefit the “Toys for Kidz” charity program.

This year’s auction will get underway Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Pee Wee location on East Ave., with bidding scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

As always, all proceeds from the event will go to the “Toys for Kidz” cause, a charity effort began by Pee Wee Construction 11 years ago to provide toys and other Christmas presents for underprivileged children.

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Co-owner Annie Powell said the auction is typically a popular event and is hoping for the biggest turn out to date.

“We’ve been doing this for years and we’ve always had a pretty good turn out,” she said. “ I hope we have another one this year. We have a lot up for auction.”

And the term “a lot” may be understating this year’s collection of auction items. Along with items that have become staples for the auction, this year’s event will boast four portable greenhouses in varying sizes, a large gazebo, large sturdy hammock stands as well as dozens of other prizes.

In addition to Thursday’s auction, Pee Wee Construction and the group L.A. Bikers are also busy planning their eleventh annual “Toys for Kidz” bike ride scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10. The ride will begin at David’s Catfish House, will feature multiple stops and will end at Pee Wee Construction Co. All proceeds from the ride will also go to the “Toys for Kidz” collection efforts.

“We really appreciate all that the people do,” Powell said. “We do this all for the kids. None of us profit from anything.”

Powell said funds from last year’s auction and bike ride provided Christmas presents for upwards of 40 local children. This year they are hoping to eclipse that number.

Pee Wee Construction Co. invites everyone to attend Thursday’s auction. Powell said people may want to show up early in order to insure a good spot during the event.