For two days each year, Star 102.1 turns its airwaves over to raising money for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Radio listeners will be asked to phone in a pledge of any amount. This year the hospital is pushing a 3 x 30 donation, which is $30 a month for three months. The money is used to purchase specific equipment and to fund CarePages, which allow parents to efficiently keep friends and relatives up to date on their child’s condition.
I am increasingly becoming a fan of silent auctions at charity events. It might be because my wife and I have been attending a lot of them lately when we are offered free tickets to get in. I bought a Christmas gift for her at the Signature Chefs Auction and I think she bought a birthday gift for me at the Ruby Slippers Benefit. She almost always bids on packages with Regal Cinemas movie tickets but usually gets outbid.
The Star 102.1 Radiothon includes an impressive silent auction this year at West Town Mall. They are billing some Lane Kiffin autographed footballs as “white elephant gifts.” They also have some Tennessee playbooks autographed by Eric Berry, who should be an early NFL draft pick on Thursday night. I hope to see some decent bids on the copy of “The Bone Thief” that Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass signed last month. It’s gift wrapped in crime-scene tape and comes with a not-so-surprising extra signature on page 359.