The 41st annual KOXE/KBWD Cherry Pie Radio Auction will be this Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Adams Street Community Center.
The auction will feature hundreds of items from food to sports memorabilia to automotive goods. All proceeds will go to benefit Brownwood youth sports, including teenage and freshman league baseball, softball, Centex Soccer and Soccer 4 Fun.
The Cherry Pie Radio Auction was founded by Dallas Huston and the late Bill Jamar in 1977.
Carl Wayne is the program director at KOXE. He’ll be broadcasting live from the auction with Barry Rose all Saturday morning.
“Some of the sports stuff is incredible that we have,” Wayne said. The KOXE website says the auction will include footballs autographed by Ezekiel Elliot, Dak Prescott and Jaxon Shipley; Texas Rangers batting helmets autographed by Yu Darvish, Mark McLemore and Sam Dyson; baseballs autographed by Jim Sundberg and Shelby Miller; a miniature helmet autographed by Tony Romo; and a signed Masters baseball cap signed by Jordan Spieth.
Of course, there will also be plenty of baked goods. “There are cherry pies, there’s cobblers, apple pies,” Wayne said. “Brownies, cakes — there’s tables full of them.”
Wayne said people can bid either in-person or over the radio on KOXE 101.3 FM and AM 1380 KBWD. “Of course, it’s online too, so people can listen to it online and call in and make their bids,” Wayne said. “We’ll go around and try to keep everybody up to date on the bids.”
Wayne thanked everyone who has donated goods and services for the auction, as well as the volunteers who help it run. He said the auction is hard work, but worthwhile to help great youth sports organizations. “It’s always a fun deal, and it’s all worth it at the end when all of those sports groups get all that nice money,” he said. “It goes a long way towards helping with equipment and upkeep and everything else.”
Last year the Cherry Pie Radio Auction raised about $18,000. The Adams Street Community Center is located at 511 E. Adams St.