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Whittier Elementary online auction is open to the public

You don’t have to have a child attending Whittier Elementary School in Ballard in order to bid during the school’s popular online auction, running now. (Whittier’s boundaries include parts of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.)

During last year’s world tour, Grammy winner Macklemore wore four custom-made Sonics jerseys with his name embroidered on the back. He autographed one of those classic yellow-and-green team jerseys and donated it to Whittier (thanks to his friendship with a Whittier family). Macklemore also donated an Ultimate Fan Swag Bag, which includes three CDs, a Shark Face Gang sweatshirt, hoodie, T-shirt, tank top, socks, beanie, scarf, and a limited edition 7-inch vinyl of “Same Love.”

Other special items in the online auction include a custom kitchen design by Phinney Ridge Cabinet Company (with a fair market value of $1,500); and a four-night stay at the Fairmont Hotel or Resort of your choice in the U.S. or Canada, including round-trip coach class airfare for two (fair market value of $7,260).

About 60 items are in each closing, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, through April 4. You can bid at whittierauction.org.

This is the second time Whittier has conducted an online auction that is open to the community and beyond. The auction team puts most of the hundreds of auction items donated by local businesses in the online auction, where more people have a chance to bid. About 150 items are reserved for the silent and live portions of the main auction event on April 5 at the Marriott Waterfront Seattle, including a football signed by Super Bowl Champion Seahawk Richard Sherman. (That event is open to anyone as well. You can buy tickets online.)

(Disclosure: I’m a Whittier parent and I’m on the auction committee.)