Bidders rake in $213,406 for theater

March 05, 2002|By J. Wynn Rousuck

A record $213,406 was raised in last weekend's 25th anniversary radio auction for Center Stage.

Sydney Wilner, auction coordinator, called the outcome "fantastic." The top ticket item also set a record. A seven-day Mediterranean cruise on the SeaDream fetched $6,100. In addition, four tickets for Sunday night's final Terps game at Cole Field House brought a combined total of $1,800.

Other distinctive items that did well included a Nebuchanezzar - the equivalent of 20 bottles, or 100 glasses - of Veuve Cliquot champagne, which brought $820, and a Ravens football signed by the entire team, which brought $800.

This year, the 16-hour event was spread over two days instead of one, and the auction was broadcast from the theater instead of from WBAL-AM for the first time in more than a decade. "We were so excited that we brought it home so successfully," Wilner said.

Over the past quarter century, the auction (which is sponsored by The Sun) has raised $2.6 million for Center Stage's operating fund.

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