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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Bidding paddles will be held up Saturday night to help put some Shoals students through college.

Organizers of Shoals Scholar Dollars hope to make up a significant funding shortfall to keep more than 200 students in class.

From a set of wall mounted candle holders which once hung in John Wayne’s home to a brand new truck, everything is for sale. Volunteers have spent months planning the project’s largest fundraiser.  The program allows graduating high school seniors to continue their education.

“Not only are we still paying for almost 100 sophomores that are there we started with last year, this new freshman group is 150 strong,” Executive Director Randy Pettus said.

He said their goal for Saturday’s auction is between $150,000 and $200,000. The silent and live auction will be the sole fundraiser before the fall semester starts.

Each scholarship recipient is given money to cover 12 hours of college tuition at Northwest Shoals Community College.

“It’s just going to be the life source of workforce development,” explained Pettus. “We know that we have to have workforce development to make the Shoals grow, and that is exactly what Shoals Scholar Dollars is doing.”

Pettus said they are turning out students who will be productive citizens for years to come.  Without the community’s support, the students would likely not be able to attend college.

Admission to the Bids and Blues Auction is free to the public.  Doors open at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.

Some of the bigger items being auctioned are a brand new Ford F-150 truck, fishing boat, SeaDoo watercraft and two zero turn mowers.