WAYNE – Throughout the week of Monday, November 15 – Sunday, November 21, old championship banners in the Wayne Jr/Sr High School gym will be auctioned off.
According to a release, the Wayne Community Schools Foundation and Wayne Blue Devils Booster Club are partnering together.
Executive Director for the Foundation, Brandon Foote said they have about 3,000 mailing addresses in their database which is their big end-of-year project.
“If somebody wants to donate to that but didn’t get anything in the mail they can contact me at the school and I can get them on our mailing list,” said Foote. “They can also donate on our website which is waynecommunityschoolsfoundation.com.”
Along with Foote being the full-time employee, a total of 10 members made up the Wayne Community Schools Foundation board. The group meets on the first Monday of each month.
Earlier this year the Foundation and Booster Club paid for part of the new championship banners as funds raised through the auction will go towards helping cover those costs. The auction will begin on Monday, November 15 at noon and will run through Sunday, November 21 at 8:30 p.m. The link for the auction is https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/wayne-community-schools-foundation-championship-signs-28231.
Foote added for anyone who has been in the gym before, they were the white banners hanging on the wall with the past state champions and runners-up.
“So, now we’ve got new blue ones on the wall, and they really pop off the wall and look nice,” Foote added. “But the old ones we are going to be auctioning off. That will be to help us as the Foundation and the Athletic Booters with the cost of it.”
A total of 28 banners will be auctioned off with some from every decade dating back to the 1940s. The oldest banner is the 1942 Boys Class B State Basketball Championship and the most recent 2019 Class B State Softball Championship. Broken down there are 24 athletic-themed banners along with three One Act plays and the Class B State Speech Runner-up from 1993.
The auction information will also be available on the Wayne Community Schools Foundation’s Facebook page.
In all, there are 28 banners up for auction and bidders will be notified automatically through text if they are outbid on a banner. The banners are five feet tall and three feet wide.
Foote mentioned these banners are one-of-a-kind.
“If you get it, you’re the only one who has one,” Foote mentioned. “So, it’ a pretty cool piece if you want to throw it up in your man cave or up in your garage, You know, if you’ve got a parent or grandparent that was on one of those teams, Christmas is right around the corner, so it’d be a great Christmas present as well.”
Those with a winning bid must pick up their banner from the high school as there’ll be no items shipped. All banners start with a minimum bid of $10. A credit card will need to be put on file but won’t be charged unless you’re the winning bidder.
Again, a list of the banners up for auction can be found on the foundation’s Facebook page.
Last month the Foundation was approached about raising funds for a potential Ag Facility in the future as they’ll also be preparing for their Alumni Tournament which will be April 15 – 16, 2022.
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