Sports auction to benefit Rock Hill’s Safe Passage

adouglas@heraldonline.comNovember 27, 2013 

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    What: Online auction of sports items, with proceeds benefiting Safe Passage, a nonprofit group that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

    When: Auction open until 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5

    Where: Online at www.32auctions.com/organizations/11366/auctions/12476

    Information/donations: For more information, or to make a donation to Safe Passage, call 803-329-3336. Outside of the auction, donations can be made online at safepassagesc.org or by mail to Safe Passage, P.O. Box 11458, Rock Hill, SC 29731.

Safe Passage, a nonprofit organization serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, has launched a new fundraising campaign that includes opportunities to buy signed sports memorabilia and attend Winthrop University athletic camps.

The online auction – “Domestic Violence is Always Out of Bounds” – ends Dec. 5.

Items are valued from about $20 to $240 each. There are 39 auction items listed.

The listings include Charlotte Panthers items and game tickets, signed photos from Buffalo Bills players C.J. Spiller, a Clemson University alumna, and Marcell Dareus. Clemson and University of South Carolina gear and a signed Tony Stewart Old Spice hat also are on the block.

Also available:

• Tennis lessons from Winthrop tennis coaches

• An opportunity to throw the first pitch at a Winthrop baseball game

• A pass to Winthrop basketball coach Pat Kelsey’s upcoming basketball camps

• A skydiving experience from Carolina Skydive in Chester.

An ACC championship football game package, valued at $165, is also available and includes four tickets, commemorative hats and food at the game. The Dec. 7 championship game is in Charlotte.

Safe Passage serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in York, Chester, Lancaster and Union counties. The group’s offices and shelter are in Rock Hill.

Services are provided through counseling, a 24-hour hotline, support groups, sexual trauma hospital accompaniment and forensic interviews.

The organization estimates that since 2007 its donations have dropped off by about 20 percent.

Recently, Safe Passage’s director and board members have been looking for new ways to solicit donations.

Safe Passage will host an event at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 to mark the end of the online auction and to give auction winners their items. The free event will be in the Richardson Ballroom in the DiGiorgio Campus Center at Winthrop.

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