Sunday's annual WBAL-AM auction for Center Stage raised a record $112,716, bringing the 15-year auction total to more than a million dollars. This year's figure exceeded last year's by more than $7,000. Since the auctions began in 1978, $1,042,716 has been raised to benefit the theater's Annual Fund.
"This was a year that we could have run into problems because of the economy, but we had more item donations than ever -- bigger and better -- and the bidder and listener support was phenomenal," said Sydney Wilner, auction coordinator. "Many people said when they called in to bid that they were doing this just to help Center Stage, and I don't think we've ever had that feeling before from so many people."
More than 775 items with an estimated retail value of $169,698 were auctioned off during the 16-hour bidding. The highest single bid was $4,040 for two round-trip tickets to Tokyo on ANA-All Nippon Airways, with a retail value of $6,048.