BAY CITY (WJRT) - (12/06/17) - It's an auction with a purpose. This weekend three Bay City community members are teaming up to help an organization that has meant so much to so many young people.
"We're going to have vintage equipment, gloves, baseball cards, yearbooks, programs, figurines," said Tom Baird of Bay City.
Baird and two other collectors will have a lot made up of 100 items to auction off Saturday from 9-11 a.m. The auction will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of the Great Lakes Bay Region in Bay City. The club is located at 300 Lafayette Avenue.
Baird said collecting sports memorabilia has turned into a passion.
"If you own a baseball that's autographed by Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline, you know you feel like you've got a little connection to him," Baird said.
His passion to collect started with the 1968 Detroit Tigers. The team won the World Series a few years before Baird became part of another important "team".
"My parents got me a membership here. I came down and took part the activities. You know, they played baseball right here," Baird said.
Jerry Gomez, better known as Mr. Bear, calls the auction a win-win.
"What we're trying to teach all the kids is about leadership, character, the importance of volunteerism," Baird said. He's a unit director at the club.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the club, plus current members will see a former club member who hasn't forgotten what he learned here.
"We're trying to teach them to give back to the community, which is very, very important," Gomez said.
With the auction the club also is trying to let community members know their doors are open for free, family events.
The club wants to bring more families through the doors, and ultimately kids.
"A lot of people don't know what goes on here and I think this is just another way that people will get to learn about it. I hope we do well, because in turn they will do well," Baird said.
Gomez said a church is using the facility on Sundays and PEER 360 Recovery Alliance has event planned there as well. If you are interested in learning more about the space call the club at 989-892-6723.