Tuesday, November 08, 2005

United Way has spectacular items in online auction

From a 16-person luxury suite at Comerica Park to a one-person mile-high glider ride, the United Way of Southeastern Michigan’s (UWSEM) first-ever online auction gives you the opportunity to bid on and win incredible items – some of which are priceless adventures that can’t be bought anywhere else.

Other items up for grabs include a round of golf at
Dearborn’s Tournament Players Club of Michigan with two friends, as well as Tony Brown, Senior Vice President of Ford Motor Company. And, that’s not all – after playing 18 holes on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, the foursome will be treated to a delicious lunch at the TPC clubhouse.

Golf, baseball or gliding not your thing? Not to worry - there are plenty of other fantastic items to bid on in the Keep the Flame Alive United Way Online Community Auction, which runs through December 4.

Here are a few of my favorites:

- Autographed sports memorabilia from the likes of Barry Sanders, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan;

- A certificate for a hot-air balloon ride for two;

- A behind-the-scenes tour of Detroit’s
Parade Company, the organization responsible for putting on Detroit’s Freedom Festival Fireworks and America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade;

- The opportunity to take five of your comrades to the
Detroit Free Press, where you’ll sit-in with FREEP president, David Hunke, and chief editor, Paul Anger, as they hash-out the headlines for a future issue of the 174-year-old newspaper. This item ends with a bang when the lucky six are treated to a gourmet dinner in the FREEP’s executive suite.

And, that’s not all - in addition to the aforementioned items, the online auction – which was created to ensure that UWSEM reaches its Torch Drive goal for 2005 – has some incredible travel getaways and vacations to be won.

There’s a seven-day, six-night trip to Tokyo, which includes airfare, lodging at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel Kinshicho Tobu, daily continental breakfast for two and all hotel taxes.

Or, consider the three-night, four-day getaway to San Diego, which includes airfare and lodging for two at the Marriott Courtyard San Diego, just minutes from popular attractions like the marvelous San Diego Zoo.

Other travel packages include trips to London, Disney World, Maui, Las Vegas, Pebble Beach, a customized European vacation package and a pick-your-own Marriott Vacation Club villa package, which rewards the winning bidder airfare for two and a four-night stay at one of a handful of Marriott Vacation Club properties located in the 48 contiguous United States. Just one side note on the travel items: they end on November 21 at 11:59 pm, which is earlier than the December 4 end time for all other items.

Whether you bid and win a signed football, a game of golf or the travel package of your dreams, the important thing to remember about UWSEM’s online auction is that it is for a great cause.

Proceeds from the auction enable UWSEM to continue doing good things in our communities, like building free wheelchair ramps for the disabled; helping area youth develop character and skills through its Promise mentoring program; and, providing access to job training and tools that many people in our area need to get back on their feet.

For more information on bidding or to check out the auction items yourself, please click

To learn more about UWSEM and its commitment to the communities of Southeastern Michigan, please visit

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