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12:13 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Auction helps raise money for Yavapai Silent Witness

In the past six months, Batterman's Auction LLC has helped Yavapai Silent Witness raise about $4,698 by auctioning off items people have donated and directed those proceeds for the crime prevention program.

When people clean out their homes and garages, they can take their unwanted items - including cars, boats, art, furniture, antiques, firearms, but no clothes please - to Batterman's Auction and let them know that they'd like the proceeds to go to Yavapai Silent Witness, said Steve Skurja, program coordinator for Yavapai Silent Witness.

When Batterman's sells the items, it sends Yavapai Silent Witness 90 percent of the sale price, Skurja said.

"It's a program we've been doing for a while with a few other charities," said Kurt Vogel, one of the owners of Batterman's Auction.

The program started when a board member for Yavapai Silent Witness who had an association with Batterman's Auction helped organize it, Vogel said.

"People can come in and ask to put the Yavapai Silent Witness ID number on their item and when it sells, they send a check to our program," Skurja said.

Some donors prefer to remain anonymous, but for other donors, Skurja writes thank you letters and includes Yavapai Silent Witness' information so they can deduct their donation from their taxes.

"In these tough economic times, it's hard to go out and ask for donations," Skurja said. "People will clean out their closets and garages whatever the economic situation. Instead of holding a garage sale, they'll donate the items. This is a win-win situation for everyone."

Batterman's holds between one and two auctions each week at 400 W. Gurley Street in downtown Prescott and items and upcoming auctions are available for viewing at www.battermans.com.