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Auction To Raise Money For Wasike Family

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By: Claire Powell


Community support continues to pour in for Mike Wasike and his family through donations at Chip's Picks Antique and Flea Market.

Back in February, Wasike was found lying in the middle of the street on Twana Drive beaten nearly to death. He had severe head trauma and his car had been stolen.

Since the incident, Chip's Picks has been raising money to help pay for Wasike's medical bills. The shop has been so busy since then, they want to hold a special auction to continue raising money and sell all of the donations. 

"It's a little overwhelming, but it's all for a good cause," said Chip Peterson, owner of the flea market.

The shop is swamped with furniture, jewelry, knick-knacks, African art pieces and even clothes that they want to give away for free.

"People are coming from all over the state with paintings, artwork, furniture, numerous things to bring up here for the auction," said Peterson.

He even had to get rid of his own stock to make room for everyone else's donations. "I had to eliminate about 20% of my own inventory to make room for all of the donations that are coming in for Joan," said Peterson.

Last Saturday, Peterson met Walter Hackley, of Hackley & Associates. Hackley has a warehouse full of furniture and odds and ends that he didn't know what to do with since he is closing down his business after 53 years. He said he would donate a huge amount of inventory from his business to the auction this Sunday. 

"We want to do everything we can do to create money for her and help his wife out  in anyway that we can. So we're willing to donate a lot of merchandise that we have here, you know, you live your life but you also try and help someone else live their life," said Hackley.

The auction for the Wasike family is this Sunday starting at 1 p.m. and Peterson thinks that the goal they've set is reachable.

"I think between 15,000-20,000 dollars would be really nice, really nice. If this happened to my wife and kids I'd hope the community would do the same thing for me," said Peterson.

We spoke to Mike Wasike's wife Joan on Wednesday and she says she's thankful for all the donations and help from the surrounding community.

Donations need to be made by early Sunday morning before the auction begins. Peterson says they also need help finding moving trucks to transport furniture.

Finally, for more information about Chip's Picks and the Wasike auction, go to

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