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'Bid' benefits art museum

February 29, 2004

Albany- The annual Let's Make a Bid Auction is one of the most exciting days for museum staff and board members.

"It is so much stress, so much chaos, so much fun that we have a ball doing it. It's great," Berger exclaims.

"Everybody's looking for a bargain, and they're excited when they call, and they think they're going to get that item at $20 for like an $800 car," says museum board chairman, Leroy Bynum.

But, each year the live auction provides more than just a six hour break from the norm for the Albany Museum of Art staff.

"We end of making about 20% of our operating budget just in this one day, so we'll pull in anywhere from 60 the $85,000 just this afternoon," explains Berger.

He credits a lot of the success to the variety and quality of items South Georgia business have donated.

"One of our most popular items is hundred tons of crushed stone, and the phones are ringing off the hook for the crushed stone."

Its a sound Berger doesn't mind at all, because he says it's those phones that are helping to the museum doors open.

Last year the museum raised more than $62,000 from the Let's Make a Bid auction. The final totals for this years event won't be calculated for at least two weeks.

Posted at 5:15 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com