Center Stage auction a record success

February 23, 1993|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Sunday's 16th annual WBAL-AM auction for Center Stage raised $135,500 -- a record-breaking figure attributed in part to the snowy weather, which presumably found large numbers of Baltimoreans at home listening to the radio.

"We want to thank all of you who arranged for this snow. It was the greatest blessing Center Stage could have had," Peter W. Culman, the theater's managing director, announced on the air just before midnight, when the 16-hour auction came to a close. This year's total exceeded last year's by $23,000.

Referring to the many baseball-related items that fetched large sums, auction coordinator Sydney Wilner said, "I think it is safe to say that the success of the Orioles in Baltimore contributed greatly to the success of this auction."

The chance to be a pregame Orioles bat boy brought $3,050. Two tickets to the All-Star Game went for $2,650, and the use of Crown Central Petroleum's sky box, including a visit from Brooks Robinson, fetched $1,560.

The auction's single highest bid was $3,100 for a seven-day Alaskan cruise, donated by Holland America Line-Westours.

Nearly 700 items with an estimated total value of $173,000 were auctioned. Since the auctions began in 1978, $1,178,216 has been raised to benefit Center Stage's Annual Fund.

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