Shhh … It’s a Silent Auction!

This takes shopping to a whole new level.

The Triangle Literacy Council’s online Spring Silent Auction is underway, offering you the chance to do good while bagging a great gift for yourself or a friend!

“We’ve held silent auctions at various TLC events for many years, but this is the first time that TLC has offered an online silent auction,” said Shea Fitzgerald, director of Development and Community Outreach for the Triangle Literacy Council.

So what’s up for grabs? Items on the shopping list include a 60-minute massage, a facial, a basket full of hair products, and jewelry.

Looking for something more active? Place your bid on Durham Bulls tickets, a family zoo package, or if you’re brave enough, a one-day Harley-Davidson rental!

Pace yourself: There’s more, and the auction runs through March 17.

“All donations made during our silent auction will support the Triangle Literacy Council’s free reading, writing and life skills programs for adults, families and at-risk youth in the Triangle area,” Fitzgerald said.

Those programs include Connections One-on-One Tutoring for adults, English as a Second Language Learners, the Juvenile Literacy Center serving at-risk or court-involved youth ages 6 to 16, and TLC’s Education Advocacy Project, which works with foster children aged 6 to 12.

Many Western Wake students take part in the “Talk Time” classes at TLC, a biweekly conversational class that helps wait-listed ESL students receive services before they are matched with a one-on-one tutor or small group class.

“Talk Time classes are informal, open-enrollment sessions,” Fitzgerald said, “that allow our ESL students from different backgrounds to practice casual conversation while learning about other cultures.”

All of this, and you can help.

Ready to bid?

Visit to create your bidding account, then bid from your phone or computer.

If you’d like to do more to promote literacy locally, visit for info on becoming a volunteer or making a monetary or in-kind donation.

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