CET Wraps Up 43rd Annual Action Auction, Looks Forward To Fundraising Gala On May 20

CINCINNATI – CET, Greater Cincinnati’s public television station, wrapped up its 43rd annual Action Auction, bringing in more than $181,000 this year.

“This year’s auction was a tremendous success,” said Jack Dominic, CET Executive Vice President & COO. “Dr. O’dell Owens truly stepped up as the auction chair to get the community excited about making donations and ultimately, calling in to bid.”

Though Owens carried on many Action Auction “traditions,” he also brought fresh ideas to the televised event, including a “Dream Board” of unique experiences up for bid. Packages such as a “VIP Bengals Experience,” “Private Dinner at the Montgomery Inn,” and lunches with Nick Clooney and Oscar Robertson were a major hit among bidders.

CET also used the auction as an opportunity to give back to the Greater Cincinnati community through a canned food drive. Volunteers and bidders were asked to bring a canned good when reporting for their auction shift or picking up items. The donations went to support the Freestore Foodbank.

“Preparation for the auction begins months in advance, as it is our biggest fundraising effort of the year,” said Dominic. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated sponsors, donors, volunteers and bidders that contribute to make the auction a success year after year.”

Proceeds from the Action Auction supports programming, educational outreach for teachers, parents and students, as well as general operation costs.

CET’s other major fundraising event, “Live on CET!” takes place on Thursday, May 20 at Historic Music Hall. The sixth-annual fundraising gala includes a sit-down dinner, silent and televised auction, live entertainment and will honor CET Express host Barbara Kellar. Details on the gala are available at www.cetconnect.org/events


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.