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February 7, 2012

‘Storage Wars: Texas’ auctioneer to host annual event

TROUP — The pressure is on for Troup ISD students as auctioneer Walt Cade from the A&E television show, “Storage Wars: Texas,” will host the annual art auction slated for April 19.

The theme of the show is auctioning off treasures found in storage lockers. According to the A&E website, Cade performs hundreds of auctions every year and has attracted nearly 300 people per auction.

Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty said this will be the sixth or seventh year auction year and it began with the Academic Booster Club before it was turned over to the Rotary Club, which now hosts the event.

Beaty said each year it is hosted, “we turn over 100 percent of the funds to seniors in school.”

Beaty said the more raised the merrier because scholarships are given in $1,000 increments and they want to help as many students as they possibly can.

The auction will feature artwork from elementary through high school students.

“We will have traditional art work from water color, pen and ink, pastels,” Beaty said. “Metal and wood art will also be featured in the auction made by students in the ag shop.”

Pamela Starkey, art instructor at Troup High School, said she has been a part of the auction from the get-go. She said the students tend to construct items they have seen really sell in the past.

“They (the students) tend to draw tigers, landscapes and crosses, and we encourage them to do that,” she said.

Starkey said parents and people from the community become heavily involved.

Terry Williamson, location president of Austin Bank, said the bank bought six to eight pieces last year, displayed them at the bank, and them returned the art to the student.

“The community and the school is intertwined, and being in a close knit, we pride ourselves into giving back to the students,” he said. “A lot of those student's parents are customers and we try and show the school support.”

Beaty said the profit in previous years has been $3,000 to $7,000. He said hard economic times have had an impact on the amount raised.

“Our goal is to pull an $8,000 margin this year,” he said. “And like I said, we don't make anything or keep anything of that nature.”

Looking ahead, the viewing will start at 6 p.m. and the bidding will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Cade.

“We are real excited and Bill Lacy (past president of the rotary club) was able to secure him to help us out,” Beaty said.

And how do you get someone from a show with over one million followers on Facebook?

“I emailed him and asked him,” Bill Lacy laughed. “Everyone thinks I'm a magic maker, but I just asked and they either say, “sure,” or not, “no, get away from me.”

Beaty said they are also accepting any artwork anyone is interested in donating to the school.

“Every dollar helps and we want to give them (the students) as much as we can,” he said.

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