the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross is funded by United Way, it

still relies on donations and fundraisers, such as with its annual golf

tournament and a new sports memorabilia auction, both slated in August.


proceeds will go to stay in our area and help with disasters such as house

fires,” said Ashlee Leonard, programs manager for the Orange County chapter.


instance, she said, the chapter spent $18,000 helping needy victims after the

recent fire at the Optimist Village senior apartments in Pinehurst.


chapter serves at least 100 families per year, she said.


of our budget is from United Way,” said chapter board chairman Jimmy

Scales. “We only got about 80 percent of that budget after Hurricane Ike.”


auction on Aug. 7 at the Sunset Grove Country Club is $30 and includes dinner

and entertainment. Cash bar will be provided.


are available at Scales Portable Buildings, 230 Hebert Road in Bridge City, and

at the Red Cross offices (donations will also be accepted) on Interstate 10

East in Orange.


bidding starts from $85 to $250, with items from Craig Biggio, Nolan Ryan, Roy

Oswalt, Earl Campbell and Tony Romo (some items autographed). There’s even an

autographed poster signed by 22 former Astros, and a framed replica of a

contract by Babe Ruth with photographs.

Red Cross

staff is working with the sports memorabilia company Tristar.

And while

negotiations are ongoing, and some items listed in this story may not be

available, Scales said, “We will probably have most of that, though. We

may have some University of Texas stuff, some Dallas Cowboys stuff, Houston

Texans, Astros and probably a couple of A&M items.”

The golf

tournament is set for the next day, Aug. 8, also at the country club.


or individuals may sponsor teams, signs or carts etc., at various prices from

$100 to $1,500. Companies can sponsor a single hole at $100, said Donna Scales,

a member of this year’s tournament organizing committee.


are also available for purchase in the four-man scramble.


sponsorships are $500, for any person or group that agrees to raise at least

$500 for the Red Cross. For “Hero” sponsorships this year, the chapter provides

a price break in light of the country’s present economic downturn.


the past we have had goals of $1,000 per ‘Hero,'” Leonard said. “But

with respect to the disasters and economic factors on our community we have

lowered the goal, but hope that everyone will strive to raise as much as

possible by any legal means to support us and our clients.”


will have a sign at the T-box, a chance to take part in the “goodie

bags” and listed in the programs for the event and annual chapter banquet.

For more

information on the auction or tournament, call the Red Cross at 883-2322, or

e-mail chapter Director Janie Johnson at