CET Action Auction Kicks Off April 14

CINCINNATI – Lights, Camera, Auction! The 43rd annual Action Auction returns to the airwaves on Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m. with rock-bottom bargains to raise money for the nation’s first licensed public television station, CET.

The auction airs live on CET beginning at 5 p.m. on April 14 – 16 and at 3 p.m. on April 17. Deals from across the river will be featured on “Northern Kentucky Night” on Thursday, April 15, and wine aficionados will find steals during the auction’s ever-popular “Wine Night” on Saturday, April 17.

This year’s event is chaired by longtime CET supporter and Hamilton County Coroner Dr. O’dell Owens. Owens and a committee of CET volunteers have worked tirelessly to bring in exciting, new items and implement fresh ideas to make this year’s auction bigger and better than before.

New this year is the dedication of an auction board to unique experiences. Dr. Owens is scheduled to auction off this “Dream Board” on Friday, April 16. Buyers will have the opportunity to bid on lunches with local celebrities as well as the chance to bid on private behind-the-scenes tours of major, and oftentimes iconic, local venues. Individuals who have graciously donated their time to be a lunch guest include:

• Dr. O’Dell Owens, Hamilton County Coroner & Auction Chair
• Nick Clooney, broadcasting icon, and his wife Nina Clooney
• Oscar Robertson, basketball great

Other unique experiences up for bid include:
• A private tour for 8 through the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, including a tour of the magnificent rotunda.
• A behind-the-scenes tour of Music Hall.
• Lunch with Ed Stern, Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park plus a tour of the Playhouse
• Private cooking lessons at Oriental Wok
• Private dinner at Montgomery Inn, served by owner Dean Gregory

Also new this year, a majority of items will be grouped in categories when appearing on air, making it easier to bid on items. Items are still rolling in, and viewers can expect to see things like: gift certificates for restaurants, retail and service, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, jewelry, antiques, furniture, collectibles, wine, and entertainment.

Many of these and other Items are available for preview now at www.CETconnect.org/events. During the Action Auction, viewers can also visit the Events Page to download daily auction schedules, which provide approximate times that items will be up for bid. Bids will only be taken through the Union Central Phone Bank during auction hours.

Buyers will have the opportunity to pick up their items throughout the auction and on Sunday, April 18. For a complete list of Pick Up and Pay hours, visit www.CETconnect.org/events. Viewers will also be reminded of these designated times during the auction.

Continuing its mission to give back to the Greater Cincinnati community, CET is holding a canned food drive during the auction and Pick Up and Pay that will benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Volunteers and auction buyers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the CET studios when working their auction shift or picking up items.

For more information on the CET Action Auction, visit www.CETconnect.org/events or call the CET Events Line at 513-345-6549.


CET is Greater Cincinnati's leading provider of education and enrichment in both living rooms and classrooms, reaching more than 2 million residents, 470,000 students and 37,000 teachers. Through PBS and local programming, CETconnect.org, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and professional development for teachers, CET positively impacts our community with rich and diverse resources. CET was the first licensed educational television station in the nation, the first high-definition public station in Ohio, and, through CETconnect.org, the first public television station to offer a community-based public media on-demand service. For more information about CET, visit www.cetconnect.org.