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The Valley

August 1, 2013

Ashley's Auction returns this weekend

SHAMOKIN DAM — It’s been nine years since Ashley Brubaker started raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. To date, her hard work and dedication have raised more than $104,000 for sick children at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

With her 9th Annual Auction set for Saturday, Ashley, 26, hopes to add another $30,000 to that total. Ashley’s Auction is held in conjunction with the 94KX Cares for Kids Radiothon at the Susquehanna Valley Mall.

“When Ashley was born (autistic), we were told she would never walk, talk or attend a regular school,” said Deb Brubaker, Ashley’s mom. “We took her to Geisinger,  and she walks, she talks and she graduated with her friends from Selinsgrove High School in 2006. She is a contributing member of society, and we have Geisinger to thank for that.”

Together with her personal aide, Lisa Linn, Ashley and Deb work year-round collecting donations for the auction. Ashley and Linn spend a good part of each summer traveling in person from business to business, locally, and ask for their support. Ashley prepares remarks using her Dyna Vox, a mechanical speech aide.

“They’re so used to us these days now many of them see us coming and just say ‘is it that time of year again?’” joked Linn.

While Ashley and Linn make their rounds, Deb is busy at home, sending and replying to e-mails, and answering the door for the mailman and the delivery person, who make nearly daily visits to their home to deliver auction donations.

“We get things from as far away as Jamaica and as close as Shamokin Dam and everywhere in between,” said Deb.

Though not every donation is a big one, Deb said they’re grateful for each and every person who offers to help.

“We believe there is no donation that is too small,” she said. “It’s truly amazing what a community can do when they come together to support the CMN, Ashley’s Auction and the 94KX Radiothon.”

With more than 500 items up for bid in the silent auction and two big-ticket items for the live auction, the Brubakers are sure there’s something for everyone.

Some of this year’s auction items include tickets to events like the Phillies, HersheyPark, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Dover International Speedway’s NASCAR Spring Cup Series, an American Idol live performance or Sesame Street Live. There are dozens of local gift certificates. If it’s sports you’re interested in, bid on a Bill O’Brien autographed Penn State football, a Derek Jeter autographed photo or a Giants jersey signed by Henry Hynoski.

There is also an extensive list of home items, everything from flatware to blenders, wind chimes and pillows as well as a selection of books and DVDs. There are even plenty of things to keep the kids interested (Kan Jam Frisbee, stickers and Webkinz to name a few).

“The auction is so big now,” said Deb. “It runs from one end of the mall to the other.”

On auction day, Ashley herself will be browsing as well (and probably bidding on a few special things that catch her eye). It is a day that Linn said always leaves Ashley “walking on air.”

“It makes her so happy,” agreed Deb. “She is there the whole time and is very excited. This year is the most excited I’ve ever seen her — her drive has exceeded anything I’ve seen in years past.”

The 94KX Cares for Kids Radiothon runs from 6-10 a.m. with a live broadcast with Drew Kelly and Ali Stevens at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. That will be followed by another live broadcast from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from the Susquehanna Valley Mall. From 4-6 p.m., local high school coaches and players will compete to see who can raise the most money on the phones from listener pledges.

The live broadcast will begin again at 9 Saturday at the mall, followed at 10 a.m. by the kickoff of Ashley’s Auction. The silent auction will run until 3 p.m. and is immediately followed by a live auction from 3-3:20 p.m.

This year’s live auction features a 2004 Chevy Malibu donated by Mark Monaghan, owner of Paul Stine Chevrolet and a cruise to the Bahamas donated by Zena Beaver, The Travel Depot, in conjunction with Royal Caribbean Cruise.

Snyder County Commissioner Peggy Chamberlin, a good friend of Ashley’s, and Representative Linda Schlegel Culver, will be the auctioneers.

The Radiothon winds down with a live broadcast at the mall. Included on the schedule that day is a LEGO building contest ($10 entry fee).

For more information about the Radiothon, visit the94kx webpage at www.wqkx.net.

For a complete list of items that will be available at the auction, go to www.ashleysauctionwebsite.com. It’s also not too late to offer your own donation to help Ashley reach her goal of $30,000. Donations will be accepted until the start of the auction Saturday. To drop off a donation, call the radio station at 286-5838.

 

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