Auto bidders help Salvation Army

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A few quick nods was all it took for Jimmy Oglesby to get what he came for at Sat­ur­day’s Salvation Army Auto Auction.

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Auctioneer Gene Cockerham (left) and ringman Joey Phillips donate their time to work the crowd for bids at the Salvation Army Auto Auction.  MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL
MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL
Auctioneer Gene Cockerham (left) and ringman Joey Phillips donate their time to work the crowd for bids at the Salvation Army Auto Auction.

The Waynesboro, Ga., man said he read about the 1996 Ford Pace Arrow Vision motor home in the newspaper and wanted it to travel among his properties in Waynesboro and Lake Oconee, Ga., and Gatlinburg, Tenn..

The vehicle attracted a lot of interested bidders. It has only about 25,000 miles on it and is in excellent condition. Everything works, including the generator and appliances, said John Sebby, the Sal­vation Army’s director of development.

Even the bed was made, auctioneer Gene Cocker­ham pointed out.

Oglesby, who owned an RV when he traveled a lot for his job, won with a bid of $19,400. The first road trip will be to Gatlinburg.

Oglesby’s purchase more than doubled a record for the auction, Slebby said.

“In 2007, we had a Lexus go for about $8,000,” he said.

The auctions, held three times a year, are vital to fund Salvation Army programs, including substance abuse rehabilitation. The summer months are especially challenging.

“This is almost like a lifeline for us,” Salvation Army Capt. Tony Perez said.

Last summer, the June auction brought in nearly $62,000, he said. This year’s goal was $50,000.

Among the 225 bidders was Betty Beard, who was looking for a vehicle for her 16-year-old grandson, Daniel.

“I have to get him out of my car,” she said.

Beard hoped she would be able to find an inexpensive vehicle that he could use and work on. She got a 2004 Ford Econoline van for $650. It was her first time in an auction.

“It’s an experience,” she said. “Everybody’s looking for a deal.”


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