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Sweet Tooth Auction benefits United Way, Wilson County nonprofits

Staff Reports • Updated Nov 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM

MT. JULIET – Sweet lovers united recently at Mt. Juliet’s Crye-Leike office to take advantage of its annual Sweet Tooth Auction to benefit United Way of Wilson County’s partner agencies.  

Well more than 100 cakes, cookies, jams and jellies, decorations and other assorted goodies were on the auction block for nearly two hours raising $9,147 to give back to the community.

Local auctioneer and realtor Jimmy Deatrick kept auction participants engaged, telling them, “remember, you’re not just buying a cake, you’re helping a good cause, so bid high.”

“This was my first year to see this unfold,” said United Way of Wilson County finance director Jennifer Pitt. “It’s amazing to see how this group of realtors comes together to put on such an event. We are very proud to be a part of this fundraiser, and we’re humbled by the hard work that goes into it,” Pitt said. 

Realtor Joann Pucciarelli told the hungry crowd that many of the items up for sale were made the night before the auction by Crye-Leike’s realtors.

The Sweet Tooth Auction is unique to Crye-Leike and is a now well-established tradition. Asked how long the event has taken place, several employees of the firm said more than 10 years.

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