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Tri-States Audio Information Services Silent Auction Oct. 29-Nov. 8

October 23, 2012

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MACOMB, IL — The Tri-States Audio Information Services (AIS) annual silent auction begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29 and continues through 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Items will be up for bid in the reading service studios, 504 University Services Building, and also online at

All proceeds will benefit Tri-States Audio Information Services, which makes quality audio programming available to individuals who are blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or developmentally disabled through its Radio Information Service and Web Streaming Service.

"This annual fundraiser allows us buy new radios for listeners, purchase subscriptions to newspapers and magazines and cover other general operating expenses that help us fulfill our mission of fostering equal access to printed materials," AIS Director Jane Carlson said.

Photographs and descriptions of items will be available on the AIS website beginning Oct. 29. Bids may be placed online, as well. Additionally, items may be viewed and bids may be placed from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-noon at the Tri-States Audio Information Services studios, located in the University Services Building.

Auction items will be categorized into special interest items; food and cooking; jewelry and accessories; lodging and transportation; music; sports-related items; artwork and handcrafted items; automotive; household items; recreation and leisure; and services.

Featured items include:

  • a professionally matted and framed work by award-winning photographer Kent Kriegshauser of Galesburg;
  • two tickets to a 2013 St. Louis Cardinals game, donated by the St. Louis Cardinals;
  • a set of three handcrafted white oak tables made and donated by Al Richert;
  • artwork and handcrafted items by local artists Susan Lawhorn, Carolyn Bailey and Siraj Hull;
  • a Roku HD Streaming Player;
  • tickets to the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and a Bureau of Cultural Affairs (BCA) show;
  • and a one-month family community-supported agriculture (CSA) membership to Barefoot Gardens.

In all, more than 110 items are up for bid, including gift certificates to many area businesses, vouchers for home-cooked meals, dozens of sports-related clothing items and collectibles, knitting and spinning lessons and autographed copies of books by area authors Robert Hellenga and Chad Simpson.

"We have a wide variety of items, including some that have not been available for previous auctions," Carlson said. "The auction also includes items from our regular supporters, who have generously donated again this year."

Online auction winners can pick up their items from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 -Friday, Nov. 16, or by appointment. Bidders outside of Macomb but within the AIS listening area may have items delivered at no cost. Shipment of items outside the listening area can be arranged as well.

Businesses and individuals who donated items for the auction include: Al Richert; Apollo Cleaning Center; Azer Clinic; The Barbershop (Jerry Tyson); Barefoot Gardens; BCA; Arnold Brothers Heating & Cooling; Blades; The Attic; William and Pearle Bradley; Ramona Bradley; Catherine Bradley; Jim and Patti Bloom; Congressman Bobby Schilling; Jonathan Ahl; Robert Hellenga; Chad Simpson; Penny Lawyer; WIU Campus Recreation; Knox-Galesburg Symphony; County Market; Curves; Joe Dobson; Denise Elston; Barbara Brown; Dan Curtis; Floor to Ceiling; Kent Kriegshauser; Rob Buck; Jeff and Terri Rankin; Vicky Carlson; Siraj Hull; Susan Lawhorn; Silpada representative Anna Allen; Inselhaus Bed & Breakfast; Lundgren's Detailing; Town & Country Detail Center; Milly's Dusters Cleaning Service; Marcia Moulden; Harold Schmalfeld; No Place Like Home; Nelson's Clothing; YMCA of McDonough County; Quad City International Airport; Red Ox Restaurant; Cerar's Barnstormer; Petey's Pub & Grill; Statehouse Inn; WIU Bookstore; The Bike Shop; Jim Distefano; Patricia Zahnle; Lee and Diane Tichenor; Candy Lane Floral & Gifts; Coca-Cola Bottling of Macomb; American Red Cross McDonough County Chapter; Mel Blasi/WIU Golf; Ron Henry; Isabel Bloom; FunCity; Peggy Ma; Macomb Petland; Advanced Rehab and Sports Medicine; Market Alley Wines; Dennis Simpson; the St. Louis Cardinals; the Chicago Cubs; Gayle Carper; and the United Way of McDonough County.

For more information about the silent auction, contact Carlson at (309) 298-2403.

The Radio Information Service (RIS) is a regional radio reading service. Broadcasting on subcarrier channels of WIUM-FM, Macomb; WIUW-FM, Warsaw/Keokuk; and WQUB-FM, Quincy, the RIS reaches a 20-county area spanning west central Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri.

Volunteers read national, regional and local newspapers, magazines and novels. Primary attention is given to daily newspapers serving RIS communities and articles that have a local emphasis. The RIS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week with overnight hours provided by the Kansas Audio-Reader Network. Listeners are supplied with pre-tuned radios to receive the broadcasts or they listen through the Internet on the Web Streaming Service located at

Tri-States Audio Information Services' Radio Information Service is a service of Western Illinois University's College of Fine Arts and Communication. Additional funding is provided by the Illinois State Library, area United Ways, Lions Clubs and is supplemented by fundraisers and business, organization and individual contributions.

For more information about Tri-States Audio Information Services' service and volunteer opportunities, visit or call (309) 298-2403.

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