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It's Kiwanis Sale Time!

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It’s Kiwanis sale time!

The 53rd annual sale of the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Downtown is being held today, Friday and Saturday at the Kiwanis Activity Center at W. Washington and First Streets.

Ralph E. Maten and Arnold W. Loyd, co-chairmen of this year’s sale, said the selection of merchandise features furniture, appliances, antiques and television sets, draperies, handbags and white goods. All three floors of the building are being used for the sale and the entire event is dedicated to the memory of Dean Bolgos, a prominent Kiwanian who passed away recently and who had worked many hours on previous sales.

More than 170 Kiwanians and their families staff the sale. All proceeds are used for the more than 100 projects sponsored by the club for the coming year. Chief recipient is the Hospital School at the C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital, with additional funds going to 4-H sponsorship, camperships, kid baseball and hockey, Boy Scout and Girl Scout work, under-privileged and crippled children’s work, drug abuse education, hearing aids for the deaf, the learn-to-swim program at the Ann Arbor Y and many other projects for children and senior citizens.

Large donations have also been given in the past to Spaulding-For-Children, the Y Building fund, and the Ann Arbor Public Library Bookmobile. A pledge of $15,000 has been made to the new Salvation Army building and for outfitting the Ashley Clague room at the Mott Hospital.

The co-chairmen hope that $40,000 can be raised from the three-day event. The sale continues until 8 o’clock tonight, from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. A snack bar will be open on the second floor during the sale with light lunches being served. No pick-ups of merchandise are being made now, and pick-ups for next year’s sale will resume again in March.

Bill Rickenbacker examines one of the older items at the Kiwanis sale