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Annual SABRA auction to feature variety of items

Hunting trips and Alabama and Auburn ticket packages are among the hot items that will be auctioned off Thursday at the Selma and Blackbelt Regional Abuse Sanctuary’s annual charity and dinner auction.

The event will be held at the Old National Guard Armory on Dallas Avenue and all proceeds will go to the victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Dallas, Perry and Wilcox counties.

“This is our major fundraiser for the year so we are very excited about it,” director of S.A.B.R.A Sanctuary Nancy Travis said. “I’ve got a great board and they’ve worked real hard on it, getting all the packages and everything donated.”

The fundraiser will start at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the live auction at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a silent auction.

During the auctions, deer and quail hunting trips will be sold, as well as a fishing trip, trip to Orange Beach, and a signed painting from musician Jason Isbell.

Also being auctioned off is an autographed photo of area resident and Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy from the last year’s World Series.

Travis said at this point she has sold 35 tables of eight people and she estimates around 280 people have bought tickets. Admission price is $30 and tickets will be sold at the door. A table of eight is also available for $150.

“We hope that everybody will come and that tables will be full and that everybody will come out and support SABRA Sanctuary and our mission,” Travis said.

A total of 12 sponsors have helped offset the cost of the auction and the event. Travis is hopeful this year’s event —the 16th year of the fundraiser — will raise a lot of money for S.A.B.R.A.

“We would love to raise $30,000 and we are hoping for that,” Travis said. “That’s a goal that we have and hopefully this year we can make it.”

Anyone that has questions or is interested in buying tickets can call Travis at 877-4645.