Center Stage auction scores with Orioles

March 02, 1994|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Sunday's annual radio auction for Center Stage, co-sponsored by WBAL-AM and The Sun, raised $131,200, bringing the 17-year auction total to $1.3 million.

The 1994 total was $4,300 less than the record high set last year, when snowy weather was credited with attracting extra listeners.

"I'm excited with the results," said Sydney Wilner, auction coordinator. "Look what we did without the advantage of the snow. We did just about as well as we did last year."

Once again, Orioles-related items proved among the most popular, Wilner said. The use of three skyboxes -- donated by USF&G, Crown Central Petroleum and First National Bank of Maryland -- fetched between $1,300 and $1,450 each, with two of the boxes going to a single bidder. Two pairs of upper-reserve section, opening day tickets brought more than $500 a pair.

The single highest bid was $3,580 for a seven-day Alaskan cruise for two, donated by Holland America Line-Westours.

In all, more than 800 items -- the largest number in the auction's history -- with an estimated retail value of $175,000 were auctioned off during the 16-hour bidding. The auction benefits Center Stage's annual operating fund, which constitutes the portion of the theater's $4 million budget not covered by ticket sales.

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