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Penobscot Bay YMCA plans annual boat auction


ROCKPORT — The Penobscot Bay YMCA 14th annual Ned Kyle Boat Auction is scheduled for Saturday, June 11.  Since the first auction in 1998, the fundraising event provides support for the YMCA Scholarship Program. The auction will continue to provide support for YMCA Summer Camp children and families, as well as program participants. Membership and programs are open to everyone regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, place of residence or financial capacity.

The YMCA is seeking new or old boats — sail, power, dinghy, kayak, canoe, skiffs, rowing shells, surf boards, just about anything that floats — or marine items that individuals would like to donate for a tax write-off. Someone from the YMCA will stop by and make sure it is suitable and arrange for transportation at no expense to the donor. The YMCA also will accept automobiles that are road-ready and drivable.

The boat auction’s success is due mainly to boat donations by private owners and through personal referrals. The YMCA will pay a 10 percent finder’s fee — defined as 10 percent of the actual selling price — to anyone who helps locate a boat that is donated to the Boat Auction. The boat owner can claim the selling price as a tax deduction.

To donate a boat or for more information, call Marcia Roberts, development and marketing director at the Penobscot Bay YMCA, at 236-3375.

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