WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

For Immediate Release

WXXI’S ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION KICKS OFF APRIL 12 WITH THOUSAND OF ITEMS UP FOR BID

(Rochester, New York ) April 9, 2014 – Five local artists have donated original art work to WXXI’s Annual Online Auction in support of Rochester’s public broadcasting station.  The Auction, which kicks off Saturday April 12 at WXXI.org/auction, will include original piece by painter Cordell Cordaro, Roycroft Master Artisan Laura Wilder, painter/muralist/ illustrator Sarah C. Rutherford, ceramic artist Peter Pincus, and painter Dick Kane. In addition to artwork, the Auction features thousands of items including a 2014 Ford Focus from Shepard Ford, an electric bicycle from Pedego Erie Canal, the Ms. Anthony Bag from the Susan B. Anthony House and tickets for an exclusive VIP lunch with renowned documentarian Ken Burns at the Chautauqua Institution.

Registration for a bidder’s account is now open, and individuals who register at WXXI.org/auction before April 10 will receive two tickets to the Little Theatre and a special early-bird bidder’s access to the Auction the day before the launch.

The Auction will also continue its popular Daily Deals, which include items such as a fabulous wine dinner at Carrabba’s, a summer share from the Good Food Collective, a $500 Shopping Spree to Parkleigh, travel packages and more! WXXI will unveil these Daily Deals at WXXI.org/auction and on WXXI’s Annual Online Auction Facebook page each day. All items start with a $1 opening bid and are only open for bidding between 8 AM and 10 PM.

Proceeds from WXXI’s Annual Online Auction support the quality programs and services the station provides to the Rochester community, including PBS and NPR programming; locally produced documentaries such as Paley on Park Avenue: New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years, and Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre; locally produced TV series such as Second Opinion, Homework Hotline, and Need to Know Rochester; and radio series like Fascinatin’ Rhythm and With Heart and Voice; WXXI's Educational Video Library service, VITAL; and outreach initiatives such as teacher workshops, community forums, and film screenings. 

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WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

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