A program of the Dyersburg Jaycees, the 63rd annual Chimes for Charity auction will kick off at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 7 - with live-feed footage on the State Gazette's website throughout the week.
The auction, designed to raise the funds to provide Christmas for over 900 children in Dyer County, will air from 7-10 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 12, and from 2-6 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Traditionally full of fun and flair, the auction will air live on www.stategazette.com, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, CableOne's Channel 4 and Newbern's Channel 2.
Some of the celebrity announcers will include Allen Hester, Ben Edwards and Eddie Barnett will talk about the bicycles he has donated to Chimes, which were fixed up by inmates at the Dyer County Jail and parts donated by Wal-Mart.
Horner, Hawkins and Kerber will lead the auction on Monday evening, with the 168th MP Battalion hosting on Thursday, Firestone hosting on Friday and First Citizens hosting on Saturday. Chimes organizers are still lining up announcers for the remainder of the week.
But before bidders can log on or tune in, more auction items are needed.
"We still need items," said Amy Kaye Clark. "Without local businesses, none of this would be possible and (area merchants) may still donate."
"We have been in the community for many years and we appreciate your continued support," said Chimes for Charity Co-Chair Kim Hill. "We know things are tough right now (but) we could use some more big things to auction off."
Items currently on the auction block include an autographed book by best-selling author John Grisham, an autographed book by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy (whose lives were depicted in the movie 'The Blind Side'), pecans from Pennington Seed and Supply, antiques, Christmas items, handmade items including an afghan knitted by Mattie Chandler, plenty of University of Tennessee and Tennessee Titans memorabilia, and much more.
"You never know what is going to be on Chimes," said Hill.
Products and gift certificates from area businesses and restaurants have also been promised, including a barbecue party for 20, courtesy of Bad Bob's Barbecue.
After the excitement of the auction, residents are encouraged to follow through with their commitments by picking up and paying for the items they win in the bidding process. Although people have good intentions when they bid, Clark said many items are left unpaid for and are not picked up. She said this puts on added pressure when they try to pay for the party for the children.
Residents who would like to get right to the heart of the matter may sponsor a child for a donation of only $25. That amount provides the child with a toy, some clothes and a hot meal.
Donations may be made at www.chimes4charity. com, with residents encouraged to 'like' Chimes For Charity on Facebook, as well.
Funds raised through the auction will be used to host a Christmas party for local children on Dec. 18.
To be eligible for the party, applicants must go to the Chimes for Charity office at 111 W. Market St. to sign up their children. Forms will not be available until Dec. 1.
Those interested in more information, making an auction or monetary donation, or those interested in volunteering may contact Clark at 445-8129, Hill at 445-4928 or Chimes for Charity Co-Chair Rachel Cartwright at 676-4109.