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'Let's Make a Bid' set for Sunday

The Albany Museum of Art is at 311 Meadowlark Drive.

The Albany Museum of Art is at 311 Meadowlark Drive.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Is a trip to the Kentucky Derby on your wish list? How about a dove hunt in Argentina? Or, your needs may be a bit more simple, like lunch for 10 at Cookie Shoppe.

All of these items and dozens more will be available Sunday when "Let's Make a Bid," the annual fundraiser for the Albany Museum of Art, is set to take place from 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Now in its 28th year, the televised auction will feature items donated by various entities throughout the region. People will be be able to bid on the items by tuning in to WALB-TV, which will be airing it live from the museum on Meadowlark Drive.

Jane Willson, Belk, The Albany Herald, Dallas Margeson Orthodontics, Eddie's Signs, Flint Community Bank and Procter & Gamble are among the sponsors for the event.

"We are so grateful for the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals for the overwhelming support of this year's event," Brandi Singleton, AMA trustee and event chairman, said. "This event helps maintain the museum's free admission to the public, which is vital to our mission."

There are a couple of changes being made to this year's auction. In addition to giving people the opportunity to bid online for the first time, officials also are hosting a viewing party for the public to watch it live from the museum, with viewers being encouraged to bid from their seats.

Some of the items that will be up for auction Sunday include two one-hour tennis lessons at Doublegate Country Club, two family memberships from the Albany Civil Rights Institute, a gift certificate to K&R Photography, cat and dog services from Westover Animal Hospital, a camera system from Central Monitoring and a leather recliner from Brooks Furniture.

There will be more than 250 items up for bid at the live event, with 45 items featured in the online auction. Bidding for the online auction will run through Wednesday and can be accessed via the AMA's website, www.albanymuseum.com. Reservations for the viewing party are required by the end of business today.

The amount raised last year was $45,000, officials at the art museum say.

Several unique items are on the online list of treats including a trip to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, a cowboy hat signed by country singer George Strait, signed guitars by Leesburg's Luke Bryan and Jimmy Buffett, and an art lover's tour of Washington, D.C.

"We are especially grateful for the support of our sponsors for this year's event," said Interim Executive Director Karen Kemp. "Mrs. Jane Willson, Belk, The Albany Herald, Dallas Margeson Orthodontics, Eddie's Signs, Flint Community Bank and Procter & Gamble have recognized the significance of the educational benefits provided to the community through our museum."

For more information on the event or to register for the viewing party, call (229) 439-8400 or visit www.albanymuseum.com.