Partners auction offers good promotions for a good cause

Jill Derrieux
Jill Derrieux

The annual Mesa County Partners auction offers a great way to showcase local businesses while helping Partners raise money.

The auction is set for Sept. 11 and 12. From 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 11, KJCT will broadcast the auction live on television. Bidders must go to to register to bid. Starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 12, the event will feature a bargain table and silent auction. Any items not sold by noon are up for grabs during a live auction conducted by Buster Cattles at the Partners offices at 1169 Colorado Ave. in Grand Junction.

This event offers an economical way to advertise your business on TV. Here’s how it works: You donate an item with a value of at least $100. The item is showcased by an auctioneer reading a description of the item and displaying the item on the air. Buyers enter bids online and watch as the bids change in real time. Individuals who submit winning bids pick up items Saturday morning at the Partners office.

Different levels of advertising are offered depending on the value of the items donated. Items valued at $100 of more receive at least one TV spot. Businesses donating items valued at $500 or more receive one TV spot and pre-auction TV publicity by being listed as a donor. If you donate an item valued at more than $1,000, your business will receive the television spot the night of the auction, pre-auction TV publicity, newspaper advertising, and KJCT will run two, 30-second ads. These ads will be produced by KJCT and shown the night of the auction. If you’d like to sponsor an auction board the night of the fund-raiser, your business will receive one spot that night with 50 words of advertising read on live TV.

We have a large variety of items included in the auction. This year’s inventory includes a mountain bike, Denver Broncos tickets, household furnishings and a locally made quilt. Other popular sellers that are needed including certificates for dining, lodging, services and local stores. Check out some of the featured items in the Cabela’s wing of Mesa Mall in Grand Junction. These items are a great way to attract new customers to your business and show your support for the youth in Mesa County.

The Partners and KJCT auction is the last large fund-raiser of the year for us. This event requires a great deal of assistance from businesses on the Western Slope. We also receive donations from Glenwood Springs, Ouray and Vail. Once the donations come in, we need people from the area to participate in the auction. Since we have now set up this auction to an online system, people from outside our area can participate. Let any friends or relatives who aren’t in Grand Junction know they can find some great deals and start their holiday shopping now.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the event should call (970) 245-5555 for more information.

At Mesa County Partners, we’re always looking for adult volunteers who can spend three hours a week with a youth. Our mission continues to be centered around helping young people through our mentoring and work restitution programs and the Western Colorado Conservation Corps.

Thank you in advance for your support of the upcoming Mesa County Partners and KJCT auction. We’ll see you on Sept. 11 and 12.