The St. Patrick's Day celebrity sports auction benefits the Lawrence Early Childhood Educational Readiness Program.
How much is Kansas University football coach Terry Allen worth?
How about $350. That's what Overland Park resident Patty Kuhn doled out Saturday night for a chance to own an autographed football and T-shirt, signed on the spot by Allen.
"I'm going to take them home and put them on display," Kuhn said, while looking at more items on the list at the St. Patrick's Day Celebrity Sports Auction.
The auction, sponsored by the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Committee, raised $11,000 to benefit the Lawrence Early Childhood Educational Readiness Program.
"I think it's a wonderful idea," Kuhn said. "I think it's wonderful that merchants and people in town have donated this. It goes to a very good cause."
Former major league umpire Steve Palermo was on hand for the event and KY102 morning radio personality Tana Guthrie served as auctioneer.
Money raised from the auction will be used to purchase furniture, indoor/outdoor educational equipment and learning tools, Lawrence Early Childhood Educational Readiness Program coordinator Cris Anderson said.
"It's been wonderful from the beginning," she said. "To serve an at-risk population is another definition of how Lawrence believes in good things for all its children."
The goal of the program is to provide early childhood education for children who do not currently receive any kind of formal early educational experience.
"It's educating the common person that, as cliche as it sounds, it really does take a village to raise a child," Anderson said. "It's the city pulling together."