"It's the fund raiser of the year for us and all the money goes back into the community," said TJWC member Cindy Lewis.

Lewis said Tifton merchants, including restaurants, furniture stores, jewelry stores, clothing stores, gyms and specialty shops, donated the items that are auctioned. The items begin at different prices, but traditionally, some really good deals can be had, Lewis said. Everyone who participates receives a paddle and a number. Beth Lewis and Sandra Wright will serve as auctioneers.

"The Tifton merchants have really been great to donate items," Lewis said.

The first $1,000 raised by the club at the auction is dedicated to funding a scholarship given annually to a Tifton woman who will attend Abraham Baldwin College. Other proceeds are used to assist other non-profit civic groups in the Tiftarea. The TJWC, a non-profit agency, usually builds a house that is donated to the Court Appointed Special Advocate group for auction, sponsors the foster family appreciation dinner, participates in Operation Christmas Child, donates to Ruth's Cottage and helps support the Tift County Foundation for Excellence in Education's Book Nooks located around town.

Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, Long Horn's, Applebee's, Toyko China, Turner's, Traditions, Additions, Discount Diamonds, Wilson's Jewelers, Home Matters, Western Auto, Alphabet Soup, Southern Bodies and other local businesses have donated items.

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