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GILLIGAN'S ISLAND CASTAWAYS AUCTIONED

More than 30 years after it aired, the TV program "Gilligan's Island" is not forgotten in southern West Virginia.

A crowd of 200 packed the Bluefield Holiday Inn Saturday for an auction that included donations by Bluefield resident Bob Denver, known for his title role in the 1960s TV series.

Denver's donations include a "Gilligan's Island" play school set and autographed denim shorts worn by actress Dawn Wells, who portrayed Mary Ann.

The auctions, which also had a motorcycle and a Cadillac and autographed items from singer Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and other celebrities, netted $40,000.

The sale was organized by Bluefield Union Mission Church, and the price of admission to the auction was a can of meat.

Denver said the auction brought back memories.

"I did get a little weepy, a little misty, but it's for a good cause, and I hope it helps a lot," he said.

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