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Blue Gold Auction set for April 21

Proceeds benefit Oak Ridge High athletic program
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High athletic teams have won 29 section titles since the first Blue Gold Auction in 2001. It’s safe to say the school’s teams would have been considerably less successful were it not for the annual auction, which is the school’s sports boosters primary fundraiser. Last year’s event raised approximately $36,000 for the sports program and organizers hope to increase that to $45,000 at this year’s event, which will be held April 21 at El Dorado Hills Mercedes Benz. “Without the Blue-Gold Auction, we would not be able to offer the quality of sports programs that we currently have,” Oak Ridge Athletic Director Steve White said. The annual event features a live and silent auction of items from sports memorabilia and tickets to sporting events to dinners and vacations and much more. One of the big items to be auctioned this year is an electric guitar autographed by The Rolling Stones. This year there are 20 items in the live auction and 60 in the silent auction. There will also be a dessert auction. Betty Williams, who’s a member of the Oak Ridge Sports Boosters and Chairperson of the Blue and Gold Auction, is looking forward to this year’s event. “I’m really excited about the guitar,” Williams said. “I may have to get in the bidding for that. This is a big event. It’s put on by the sports boosters, who are all volunteers, and the organization is the engine for our sports teams. All of the money goes to the sports teams at Oak Ridge, which they can use for equipment, tournaments and other opportunities for the athletes. Each sport team participates and gets a percentage of the money raised.” On a broader scale, the success of the auction allows Oak Ridge to continue to have freshman sports teams, which is a luxury several schools don’t have. This year’s event features David Sobon, a professional auctioneer, who will lead the auction. After having various volunteers run the auction in past years, organizers are pleased to have Sobon in the fold. “We’re excited about having a professional run the auction because that’s where we make our money,” Williams said. El Dorado Hills Mercedes-Benz is graciously donating their building for the Blue-Gold Auction, while Mike Nolasco is also donating his serves as the disc jockey for the dancing portion of the event to be held after the auction. The auction will be catered by Pheasant Wood Catering. For tickets to the event, go to orsb.org. Blue-Gold Auction Benefitting: Oak Ridge Sports Boosters When: 6:30-11:30 p.m., April 21 Where: El Dorado Hills Mercedes-Benz in Town Center Cost: $45, must be at least 21 years old to attend Tickets: orsb.org