Thousands of dollars raised through online auctions will support public broadcaster, community

Quad Cities WQPT PBS station completed two days “The auction is yours” fundraiser Friday.

It was the second year in a row for the public broadcaster’s live, online event, which ran from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday to support local broadcasting.

A variety of items were auctioned off – including paintings by East Moline native and former WGN radio host Spike O’Dell, a guitar signed by blues rock musician Joe Bonamassa and a signed soccer ball by Chicago Bears catcher Allen Robinson II.

The station raised a total of $15,732 from bids placed during the auction.

Lora Adams, director of marketing and local content for WQPT, says it’s important to raise those funds and then put them back into the community.

“I like to say we’re like the hub and the spokes,” Adams said. “We’re the hub, and then when those dollars come in, we can go back into the community…whether it’s books and schools or seminars…or, you know, teaching teachers.”

WQPT also accepted monetary donations during the auction, raising a total of $275.

Missed this year’s event and still want to give back to local public television? Donations can be made here.

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