A flowing wave of her hand and a whole lot of bling, and Tinker Bowman will transform into Vanna.
With the grand awesome task of elaborately showing off the auction items at the Key Training Center’s Reach for the Stars Dinner Auction, Vanna is practicing her moves and hand motions so she can be as quick to the bidders as the TV Vanna is to the letters on the Wheel of Fortune.
“I’m up to the task,” she said somberly; but then smiled as she eyed the avalanche of items that she will be showing off at the traditional fundraising event to take place Friday, July 10, at the Chet Cole Life Enrichment Center.
With a first rate auctioning crew providing the mesmerizing chant and bang of the gavel that draws guests to place their bids, Vanna knows she is in good hands. Even more so, she understands that the guests will be in good hands as the evening’s activities offer opportunities to purchase items never seen before in a charitable auction.
There are a lot of auctions out there in the charitable arena, said Key Foundation Director Neale Brennan. “So it is up to us to make each item unique, more appealing, more interesting, and more irresistible.”
In keeping up with the “celebrity” tradition which was this event’s trademark since the first Run for the Money kick off dinner auction in 1982, many items are autographed by celebrities and offer true bragging opportunities for those who will be the owners of such items as:
• Vinyl “Born to Run” signed by Boss Bruce Springsteen
• Baseball signed by Rays third-base prodigy Evan Longoria along with 4 tickets to a game at the Trop
• Garfield comic strip signed by creator Jim Davis.
• Phil Mickelson print lt. Ed. 66/99 COA signed by artist Winford which comes with two foursomes on Citrus Hills greens and lunch at Terra Vista
• Message in a Bottle novel signed by author Nicholas Spark
Looking for trips and places to go and things to do? Place your bids on these items and get ready to have fun!
• Designer luggage with lodgings at St. Maartens for a week; or perhaps a week’s stay at Vacation Villages at Weston near Ft. Lauderdale beaches, golf courses and tennis courts
• Family tickets to Disney World
• Admission for four to Kennedy Space Center
• Tickets for four to see the movie star dolphin Winter at the Clearwater Marina Aquarium.
• Chartered scalloping excursion with Capt. Mike Baize at Nature Coast Scallop Adventure
• Ross Hammock Ranch Safari Adventure to photograph wildlife – one night’s stay for two including dinner and brunch
• Golf foursome at Black Diamond

The best and most unique display of fine art and handiwork will go to the highest bidder for:
• Mosaic table made by the Key Training Center Imagination Workshop
• Copper Snapper sculpted created by Homosassa artist Kevin Jenkins
• Fine jewelry from Specialty Gems
• Treasured artwork from the Don Mayo collection
• Norman Rockwell collection of sculpted copper plates

Now throw in some unexpected items just for fun:
• A year’s supply of a loaf of Panera bread each month
• Bull Gator box seats to the UF Vs Ole Miss football game
• Coleman 6-person 13X7 tent
• Starbucks original Nude Siren coffee mug
• Jensen stereo turntable complete with a collection of vintage LPs
• Samsung flat screen TV from Lecanto Walmart
• Neon Michelob Dry bar sign – that works!
Tickets are now on sale to the Reach for the Stars dinner auction which features many more items in its silent and specialty auctions. Guests will also enjoy a gourmet buffet, Open Bar, music by Sally & Friends and entertainment by Key Stars. This evening officially kicks off the 2015 Run for the Money fundraiser which directly benefits the 300 developmentally disabled men and women who depend on the Key Training Center for education, residence, social opportunities and support to become independent and productive individuals.
To purchase your ticket or for additional information, call 795-5541 Ext. 311.