A large crowd of some of the wealthiest citizens in Santa Ramona Valley gathered at Southside’s Coastal Shipping Warehouse, owned by Vico Mancino of Mancino Funeral Home, for an afternoon of bidding on the unknown, all in the name of charity. Several unclaimed shipping containers from the small enough to be carried in your hand, to the large enough to ship via semi, were up for grabs at the highly anticipated event. Eight containers made their way to the auction block, the smallest six of them were bid on silently, while the two large-sized containers went to an exciting round of public auction. The bids climbed up higher and higher, until the final amounts were shouted out and the winners walked away with their spoils, yet it was the charity that was the big winner of the day.
Vico Mancino, a citizen of Santa Ramona Valley who owns both Coastal Shipping and the only funeral home in town, Mancino Funeral Home, put on the event last Saturday. While he could have stood to profit greatly from unclaimed shipments that tend to happen in that sort of business, Mr. Mancino decided to put those funds to a charity that helps an overlooked need in most people’s lives. The need to be put to rest in a compassionate, respectful way without causing more grief and harm to families that cannot afford to do so. “All proceeds will go t