Preparations Underway For 44th Annual Cet Action Auction

Dr. O'dell Owens Returns to Chair Popular Fundraising Event


CINCINNATI – Lights, Camera, Auction! The CET Action Auction, now in its 44th year, returns to the CET airwaves April 6 – 9, 2011 with the best bargains in town.


As in years past, the auction will commence at 5 p.m. Wednesday – Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The best deals from across the river can be found on Thursday, April 7 during “Northern Kentucky Night” and wine lovers will want to take note of the ever-popular “Wine Night” on Saturday, April 9.


Dr. O’dell Owens, 2010 Action Auction chair and President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, returns as chairman of the annual event for 2011. Owens, a strong supporter of CET’s award-winning children’s programming, said he hopes to make this year’s event bigger and better than last year and get even more of the Greater Cincinnati community involved.


Items available during the auction include: gift certificates for restaurants, retail and service, vacations and getaways, sports memorabilia, collectibles, wine, tickets to local events, jewelry, antiques and much more.


New for 2011, viewers are invited to tune in early and stay up late for the Action Auction’s Early Bird/Night Owl Specials, which include even bigger deals on popular item categories. Approximate times for these special auction boards will be available closer to the event.


Dr. Owens will resurrect his unique experiences board, titled this year as the “You Can Only Buy It Here” board, which includes items and packages that are unavailable for purchase by the general public. Items on this year’s board include: a 10-day luxury van rental courtesy of Joseph Chevrolet; a dinner package to The Summit; and a dinner package to Montgomery Inn Boathouse, redeemable for the end-of-summer fireworks show during Labor Day weekend.


Viewers can get a sneak preview of this year’s items by clicking here, which is updated regularly with additional items. Items are organized in categories to make the browsing process easier. During the auction, viewers can log on to download daily auction schedules, which designate which board a specific item will appear on and an approximate time of sale. Bids on items will only be taken by the Union Central Phone Bank while they are featured on air.


Details on picking up and paying for auction items is available by clicking here. Dr. Owens invites all buyers and auction volunteers who come during “Pick Up and Pay” to bring a canned food item to benefit the Freestore Foodbank, continuing CET’s mission of giving back to the Greater Cincinnati community.


Those wishing to make an item donation or sign up to volunteer during the event are invited to do so. Thousands of items and hundreds of volunteers are needed to ensure the event is a success. For more information on item donation or volunteering, visit or call the CET Events Department at 513-345-6549.

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