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PCMI Community Auction Aims To Raise Thousands of Dollars For Organization

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It was a whole different set up in the News 13 studio earlier Saturday. WMBB once again hosted the Annual Community Auction for Panama City Marine Institute.

"It's five hours of controlled chaos," said Nick Lowe, a team leader at PCMI. "It goes quick."

For five hours, the News 13 studio transforms as different, but familiar, faces take to the desk and announce what items viewers can bid on at home.

"It's a big fundraiser for us," said Mark Carroll, Executive Director. "It's the biggest one we have every year. "

PCMI is part of a national non-profit called AMI Kids, which offers schooling and counseling to kids who have either been expelled from the school system, or ordered to attend by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

"We get to get ahold of them, grab onto them, love them, help them out, and show them the right path," said Lowe.

Viewers bid thousands of dollars Saturday but even though the lines are now shut down and the auction is over, it's unknown just how much of a money maker this fundraiser was.

But one thing is for sure, those helping answer phones and volunteering, had a blast doing it.

"We have a good time, its fun," said Lowe.

Carroll says he hopes to raise around the same amount last year which was $30,000.