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John Calipari has increased the incentive for donating during the UK basketball telethon for Superstorm Sandy victims.
Phone lines (859-299-5455 in Lexington area and 855-257-2700 elsewhere) will open and online auctions will go live at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Phone lines will close at 9 p.m., but the auctions will last for 24 hours.
UK basketball players will man the phone lines during the telethon, which will be televised on WKYT from 7-8 p.m. and on CWKYT from 8-9 p.m. The entire event will be streamed online at WKYT.com. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and the Sandy relief efforts.
“We are asking that every donation you make come from the heart, but we also want to do everything we can to help the cause,” Calipari wrote in a letter on his website, CoachCal.com. “Every person that calls in to the telethon and makes a pledge of $20 or more will be eligible to win one of 10 framed and signed national championship pictures. Everyone who makes a $20 donation will also be eligible for two tickets to one of our games vs. Morehead State, Marshall, LSU or Florida.”
UK will auction off 30 pieces of the 2012 national championship floor signed by Calipari, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The auction, which has a minimum bid of $500, will last three days and start at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Two tickets to the Kentucky Derby’s Barnstable Brown Party will also be auctioned online.
Fans can also enter a drawing for a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, signed by Calipari, from Man O’War Harley-Davidsion. A donation of $100 or more will make one eligible for the motorcycle.
For more about the telethon, read the KyForward feature, “UK basketball to host telethon to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy in Northeast.