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VOLUNTEERS MAKE WNED AUCTION A COMMUNITY EVENT

Meet 17-year-old Kyle Reumann, a Holland Central High School senior and one of the stars of the annual "Great TV Auction," now airing on WNED-TV Channel 17.

By the time the daily auction winds up on Saturday you'll probably see his dazzling smile on TV as he joins a small army of volunteers who keep the major fund-raiser running.

This teen has been an auction volunteer for the past seven years, and joins his family as they put in the time and energy to support high-quality, commercial-free broadcasting for Western New York and southern Ontario.

These viewers get a chance to bag bargains while boosting the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (WNYPBA). WNYPBA also includes ThinkBright TV, Channel 21, and news and information radio stations WNED-AM 970 and Classical 94.5/WNED-FM.

"I volunteer for the auction because it's a lot of fun, and it's become a family tradition," Kyle says. "And I still like watching "Arthur' with my little brothers and sister."

The dedication shown by volunteers like this young man continues to astonish WNED's President and CEO Donald K. Boswell, who calls the extravaganza "a remarkable community endeavor."

And this year's auction offerings are remarkable as well. During "Travel Night" on Friday (6 p.m. to midnight), you'll have an opportunity to travel and not break the household budget while helping a good cause.

Look for the "Trip of the Night" with 345 destinations at 445 hotels, mostly Marriotts and Hyatts to choose from.

Other slated get-aways include a chance to discover Quebec by train, donated by Via Rail Canada -- a round-trip for two valued at $700 within the Windsor-Quebec corridor. Travelers can sit back in comfort and watch the countryside roll by.

Another great luxurious Canadian trip is a three-night stay for two donated by the Briars Resort and Conference Center in Jackson's Point, Ont., valued at $1,700.

This 150-year-old distinctive resort is located an hour north of Toronto on sparkling Lake Simcoe, with available golfing -- even "snow golf!" There's also a solarium pool, sauna, whirlpool, yoga classes, tennis courts and kayaking.

Also look for Eurail Pass Flexipasses, a six-day stay in the tropical Bahamas and an Amazon adventure.

For those who like to vacation at home, bids can be placed on a fabric patio awning, a French antique armoire and hardwood-floor installation.

Featured themes throughout the week also include today's "Wine, Dine and Fine Entertainment," from 2 to 11 p.m.; "Antiques and Collectibles," 6-11 p.m. Monday; "Community Night," 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday; "Home & Garden," 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday; "Canada Night," 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday; and "Kids & Family Fun," noon to midnight Saturday.

Carl Russo of 97 Rock radio returns for his fourth year as auction chairman. Joining Russo again is Debra Kay Stamp, who serves as auction co-chair.

Pictured on the cover: Debra Kay Stamp and Carl Russo

e-mail: lcontinelli@buffnews.com