Make sure all of those AllAroundPhilly Bucks are counted, in order and certified, because the Cut It Out auction is almost here.
On Saturday at 9 a.m., the Fort Washington Expo Center in Upper Dublin (1100 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, www.fortwashingtonexpo.com) will open its doors to the public for the final coupon counts and then the auction.
Readers will have their chance to spend collected Bucks that have appeared in six Journal Register Co. newspapers since April.
Attendees will be able to talk with sponsors before bidding, said Jim Kelly, publisher of The Phoenix, who is heading up the Saturday event.
Before members of the public bid on the $265,000 worth of prizes displayed across the auction floor, Kelly said, the Cut it Out Bucks should put in order by denomination.
Those who didn't have their Bucks counted beforehand will be able to have them counted on site until 11:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the auction begins.
The prizes - ranging from a gift certificate at the Lansdale Public Library to a new car from Jeff D'Ambrosio Autogroup in Downingtown - will be auctioned off in a random order, Kelly said.
Other prizes include a $1,000 membership package from the Phoenixville Area YMCA, a $1,000 guitar package from Zeswitz Music of Reading, a $1,000 cellular package from PCS Wireless of Phoenixville, a $2,350 mattress/furniture set from Dalo Furniture in Phoenixville and Morgantown, a 2003 Ford Taurus from Murphy Ford, a 2003 Dodge Neon from Miller Dodge, two wedding packages valued at $5,000 each from Embassy Suites Hotel at the Philadelphia International Airport and a $10,000 extreme makeover from Fitness Together in Chester Springs.
"It's going to be a big day and a fun day," Kelly said. "It's going to be crowded, so get there early."
Angel Hernandez, advertising director at The Reporter, in Lansdale, said he expects a tremendous turnout.
After spending some time at sponsors' businesses, where readers could have their Bucks counted prior to the auction, Hernandez said most people have saved up hundreds of thousands.
"We've had some people come in with millions of dollars," said Hernandez. "I think there's going to be some fierce competition."
Scott Fluharty, owner of Creative Home Furnishings in New Hanover, which was one Bucks counting location, said so many customers stormed the store for tallies that they struggled to count all the Bucks.
Fluharty donated a handmade, nine-piece, contemporary dining room set valued at $12,093.
Fluharty, who will be at the auction, said he wanted to donate the set, which was manufactured at Contemporary Designs up the road from his showroom in New Hanover, to let people know that they can buy high-end contemporary furniture without having to travel to Philadelphia.
"It's the best furniture we've really seen when it comes to hand quality," he said.
Walt Collins, general sales manager at Springfield Ford, said his dealership wanted to be involved because the marketing concept was unique. Springfield Ford donated a two-year lease on a 2005 Ford Escape XLS.
"We were just intrigued with the marketing aspect because it's fun for everybody," said Terry Vaughan, vice president of operations from Uniglobe Wings Travel in Blue Bell. "I think it's going to be almost a carnival atmosphere."
Uniglobe donated three, four-day vacation packages to Bermuda and the Caribbean, with a combined value just under $10,000.
Dr. Charles Grim, chiropractor from the American Clinic of Chiropractic in Folsom, said he had hoped more health professionals would have donated their time.
Grim's practice donated a $1,500 gift certificate for a full range of chiropractic diagnosis and care.
"I'm trying to help people live as long as they can," said Grim, who said he will be attending the auction to promote healthful living.
The auction runs from noon to 3 p.m. Although people can bid on as many items as they like, they can win only one item.
All participants must be 18 years or older and be present at the auction to be a winning bidder.
The auction will culminate the first Cut It Out contest involving the AllAroundPhilly cluster of newspapers.
The contest has been presented simultaneously by the papers of the AllAroundPhilly newspaper network: The Reporter, Lansdale; the Daily Local News, West Chester; The Mercury, Pottstown; The Phoenix, Phoenixville; The Times Herald, Norristown; and the Delaware County Daily and Sunday Times, Primos.