Annual Brunch Bunch 'fun-raiser' Thursday

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Members of the Brunch Bunch committee are gearing up for Portage County's charity "fun-raiser" celebrating its 44th year. The Brunch Bunch will gather from 8 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving Day at the American Legion Hall, 1945 Mogadore Road in Kent for the annual auction.

"Thanks to the incredible support and generosity from our community, we have many terrific items up for auction, and we are excited to share that Mike Tontimonia is part of our team again this year as lead auctioneer," said Michelle Hartman, event chairwoman. Some auction items include a KSU men's basketball clubhouse chair autographed by the team players; a ride for two in the Goodyear blimp; tickets to the football MAC Championship game; specialty gift baskets; a KSU men's college world series clubhouse chair signed by coach Scott Stricklin; dinner packages; and an original Crankshaft drawing by Tom Batiuk.

Members of the Kent State University basketball team and coach Rob Senderoff will serve as guest auctioneers, as well as Herb Page, men's golf coach. Guest auctioneers will take the stage at 10 a.m.

Admission to the event is $3 for endless coffee, cider and doughnuts. Charities to benefit from the auction include Kent Social Services hot meals, The Center of Hope food cupboard, Coleman Professional Services Adult Day Food Program, and The Lord's Pantry emergency food cupboard.

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