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Virtual Annual Auction for NeTexas Childrens Museum

Children’s Museum Silent Auction Goes Virtual
Fundraiser Celebrates One Year at New Location

Sharline Freeman, Executive Director

October 3, 2020 (COMMERCE, TEXAS) – The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum will hostits first virtual event. This event is a Virtual Auction and bidding will begin October 12 at 8:00 AM and end on October 17 at 8:00 PM.

The 2020 Virtual Silent Auction will reflect the changes created by COVID-19. The social gathering of previous Silent Auctions will be
replaced by an online bidding platform. Pictures of each item will replace the hands-on approach of the physical Silent Auction. Friendly, in-person bidding competitors can now bid with a click of a phone, tablet, or computer to update each bid. The Virtual Silent Auction will be sponsored
by Charles Schwab of Greenville.

“Although we will miss seeing our friends and supporters, there are advantages to the online Silent Auction. We hope to reach bidders who might not live close enough to attend the Silent Auction in Commerce. For some this will be a more convenient way to bid. We will have items
displayed at the Children’s Museum for anyone who would like to see them,” said Becky Adams, co-chair of the event.

The Virtual Silent Auction will also celebrate one year for the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum at 100 Maple Street. “A year ago we were challenged with moving and opening a new building. Now a year later we are challenged with all the changes caused by COVID-19. It has been a tumultuous year for the Children’s Museum as well as so many others. The Virtual Silent Auction will hopefully provide funds to meet these challenges,” said Beckey Thompson, also co-chair of the event.

Bidders at the auction will find all kinds of items for bidding. Handcrafted, one of a kind items, have been donated by talented local people. Original art work will be available for bidding. Other items will include floral arrangements, furniture, home accents, holiday décor, and jewelry
as well as unique experience packages, and much, much more. Children’s experiences and itemswill also be a highlight. The event will be limited to 100 items.

Raffle tickets are also on sale for $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. In addition to purchasing these from a member of the Board of Directors, tickets can be purchased online from the museum’s website at There will be four $250 gift cards given to four different winners. These gifts cards have been donated by Cypress Bank, Inwood Bank, Guaranty Bank and Trust,
and Alliance Bank. The drawing will be at 4:00 PM on October 17.
The museum is currently open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Private groups can be scheduled Wednesday through Sunday. If scheduling a private group, no other visitors will be permitted to enter the Children’s Museum. Attendance is by reservation only for the morning session from 9:30 to 12:00 or the afternoon session from 1:00 to 4:00. Visitors can reserve their spot online at Over fifty play areas for young children are open for creative and imaginative play.

The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum is beginning its eighteenth year of operation. The Children’s Museum experienced great success during the first 2 1/2 months of 2020 with over 8,000 visitors. Although the current COVID environment definitely halted this growth, the Children’s Museum is looking forward to 2021. For questions, call the Northeast Texas
Children’s Museum at 903-886-6055.

Sharline Freeman, Executive Director
Northeast Texas Children’s Museum
Telephone: (903) 886-6055 or (903) 456-4789
Email: [email protected]

Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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