Many items will be up for bids on Friday, April 20, as the Rotary Club of Jamestown hosts its 27th annual charity auction.
A refinished trunk donated by Skip Proctor, an HP Office Jet 4500 All-in-One Printer donated by WCA Hospital, a $400 gift certificate donated by Spectrum Eyecare, a John Deere JS36 self-propelled Lawn Mower donated by Z&M Ag & Turf, and a one-year membership to JCC Total Fitness will be among the items available in the auction. The event will begin at 7:05 p.m. at the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center in Jamestown.
Between 120 and 150 items will be available on the auction block. Again this year, Chuck Ludwig will serve as the auctioneer. Other items included in the live auction will include 100 cups of coffee donated by Tim Horton's, a Jeff Gordon autographed NASCAR card donated by Mark Merrill, one night accommodation in a king Jacuzzi suite donated by Jamestown Hampton Inn & Suites, "Birds of Newfoundland" donated by Roger Tory Peterson Institution, and a $50 gift certificate to Forte Restaurant donated by Rhoe Henderson Insurance Agency.
Dr. Gregg Jones of the Rotary Club of Jamestown stands by a shelter box, which provides shelter and life-saving equipment for a family of up to 10 people. The Rotary Club will be raising money for its missions during its annual charity auction on Friday, April 20, at the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center in Jamestown.
Nolan Wells and Dana Filsinger were recent Rotary exchange students. They are pictured with Randy Sweeney, executive director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
There will also be dozens of other gifts, including a watercolor painting by Lois Strickler, a Vera Bradley side-by-side and medium cosmetic bag donated by Country Woods, a $150 gift card donated by Seneca Gaming Corp., and two 18-hole rounds of golf with cart donated by Woodcrest Golf Course. Back for this year's live auction will be the crowd-pleasing "money pies," featuring pies with envelopes full of money attached.
For those unable to attend the auction in person, a silent auction for items such as gift certificates can be bid upon by visiting extras.post-journal.com/RotaryAuction/ItemsList.asp. If you can't go to the auction, you can still support Rotary by clicking on the link.
Money raised by the Rotary Club of Jamestown's fundraising events are divided 60-40 between community and international projects. The auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Rotary Club. The funds will be used to support Rotary's mission of "Service above Self," promoting world peace and understanding through good works. Some of the international projects funded by this Rotary Club include the in-bound and out-bound Youth Exchange Program; polio vaccinations in countries still affected by polio; the "Shelter Box" for disaster relief, which provides shelter and life-saving equipment for a family of up to 10 people; and water wells in Niger and in Haiti to provide clean drinking water to the people living in remote villages.
Some of the local community projects funded in part by this event include WCA Hospital Capital Campaign, James Prendergast Library Literacy Program, The Resource Center Rotary Camp sponsoring 10 adults, Chautauqua Institution Music Department scholarships, Hands on Jamestown, Babe Ruth baseball, the Jamestown High School Marching Band, the JHS A Capella program and the Chautauqua Lake Project in conjunction with the Chautauqua Lake Association.
Doors will open at the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center at 6 p.m. Admission to the auction will be $5 which will include a bidding card and hors d'oeuvres from Miley's Old Inn. A cash bar will also be available for patrons of the event.
People attending the auction can also enter an exciting drawing to win $50 in groceries every week for 52 weeks from Farm Fresh Foods. Drawing tickets are available from members of Rotary or at the auction. The winners will be drawn at the auction.
The Rotary Club of Jamestown was chartered in 1919 and today is one of 32,000 worldwide Rotary clubs with a total membership of more than 1.2 million. In addition to founding Moon Brook Country Club, the local club also founded the Jamestown Boys Club (now known as the Boys and Girls Club) and the Community Chest (now known as the United Way). Annually, the club receives foreign exchange students and sends out students to live overseas for 12 months to help foster international understanding in all communities involved.
The Rotary Club of Jamestown meets at 12:15 p.m. every Monday at the Robert H. Jackson Center for lunch, fellowship and to hear speakers on a wide variety topics. Anyone interested in joining should contact Sue Jones, club president, at 386-4161.