WINTERSVILLE - Melinda and Martin Farrell came early, bid often, and walked away from an Ohio State University auction with a number of sports memorabilia.
The couple from Green, an Akron suburb, had heard about the auction from Martin's sister June Crago of Richmond.
"I sent them the Herald-Star article detailing Anthony Mougianis's plans to sell his 40 year collection of Ohio State items to benefit the United Way of Jefferson County because they both attended Ohio State, their three children either graduated or are attending Ohio State. And they are major Ohio State fans," explained Crago.
AUCTION BUYERS — Melinda and Martin Farrell are true Ohio State University fans. And the couple from Green, an Akron suburb, came prepared with a list of OSU memorabilia for sale on their iPad and a checkbook. They walked away with a number of OSU items totalling approximately $800.
"And I think this is a great way to raise money for the local United Way," said Martin Farrell as he kept track of his purchases on an iPad.
"We spent a total of about $800 today. We got some good items and it is for a good cause," he added.
Ross Gallabrese, president of the United Way of Jefferson County board of directors couldn't agree more.
"Thanks to Anthony Mougianis who donated his Ohio State collection for this fund raising auction and Dale Featheringham who conducted an exciting and fun auction we raised slightly more than $10,000 for the 2013 United Way campaign," said Gallabrese.
"Anthony will serve as our 2012 campaign chair and he started off with a bang. This is a tremendous start to the next effort to raise funds for our member agencies," noted Gallabrese.
"The collection on display for sale today is unbelievable. What Mr. Mougianis has collected for the past 40 years is pretty impressive," said Melinda Farrell.
Mike Biasi of Toronto came ready to spend and to support the United Way.
"I am a strong supporter of both the United Way and Ohio State. I graduated from Ohio State in 1981 and I am definitely a die hard fan," Biasi said as he carried his new scarlet and grey memorabilia to his vehicle.
Dr. David Robinson of Wintersville came to the auction, "to buy gifts and to add to my collection."
"I have a room dedicated to Ohio State. I thought I had a lot but Anthony has a great collection. This was a good day for me," remarked Robinson.
"This was a bittersweet day for me. I have been accumulating all of this for the past 40 years. But the proceeds will go to a great cause. I have enjoyed this since I was a teenager and now I hope someone else will enjoy all of these things. It is like Woody Hayes always said. 'Pay it forward' and that's what we are doing here today," declared Mougianis.
"The Woody Hayes items are the toughest to part with. But someone else can enjoy all of this," said Mougianis.
"This was a very successful auction today that will benefit the United Way of Jefferson County. I can't say enough about Anthony Mougianis. To offer his entire Ohio State collection to benefit others is just tremendous," observed Featheringham.
Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham had already bought an OSU Christmas tree but was waiting for an Ohio State lamp.
"I went to Kent State but I have always been an Ohio State fan," Graham said.
A few minutes later Graham had also purchased an Ohio State football jersey signed by Jack Tatum and successfully bid on the lamp.
"Its all for a good cause," Graham said.
Bruce Misselwitz walked away happy after he bought an Ohio State pop cooler and a mug.
"I came to support the United Way and to see my son who works for Apollo Cleaning in Columbus. Today was a win-win for me," laughed Misselwitz.
Tony and Bonnie Ruble of Steubenville also sat through the entire two and a half hour auction.
"We got some nice items. We are both big Ohio State fans and this was a great auction. I am impressed with what they offered here today," stated Tony Ruble.
"I appreciate all of you coming today and supporting the United Way. Come back again in 40 years and I'll have another collection ready for sale," Mougianis told the several dozen Buckeye fans who filled his warehouse Saturday.