Friday, November 10, 2017

Going, Going, Gone!! Three nights of bargains and community spirit start Monday with Prince Rupert Rotary Auction

Operators and evening hosts will be standing by starting Monday, 
as Prince Rupert's  Rotarians host the annual Rotary Auction, 
with a wide selection of products ready for bidding 
(Above: Sheila Gordon-Payne, Keith Lambourne and Herb Pond from last years auction)

Monday marks one of the most popular of local events and an indication that Christmas is not that far off in the distance, as local Rotarians take to Cable Channel 10 and the CityWest community online feed for three nights of Bargains at the Annual Rotary Auction, broadcast once again live from the Lester Centre of the Arts.

It's edition number fifty three for  annual community fund raising event hosted by the local service organization, a major commitment of time and effort for the Rotarians, their families and other volunteers, from TV camera operators, phone call takers and drivers to the engaging personalities that will take to the stage each night.

Close to 63,000 dollars was raised from last years event and organizers are hopeful that this year will once again find Rupertites engaged with the annual fundraising event.

Some of the areas that the money that Rotarians have raised in previous years have seen funding directed towards the Salvation Army's backpack program, the popular Polar Bear Swim and Easter Egg hunt, the Prince Rupert Gymnastics group, a School fruit program, the Dare Program, just a sample of the growing number of community projects that can be found across the city.

Most notable in the last year has been the launch of the long planned Rushbrook Trail project, something that Rotarians have been working towards for much of the last decade.

That project and some of their other initiatives may be a theme you will hear quite a bit about as the Rotary Auction works its way through to the Wednesday night finale.

As for this years auction, there will be more than 700 items worth more than 85,000 dollars available for bid, donated by a range of businesses and services on the North Coast.

As well when you participate in the Rotary Auction, you have the opportunity to win a 1,000 dollar travel voucher.

Rotarians are also offering the popular 750 Tickets fundraiser once again, with tickets on sale for your chance to win $1,500

The paper program listing the various lots, sponsors and items available for bid was delivered to homes in the Prince Rupert/Port Edward area with Wednesday's edition of the weekly paper.

You can also review this years items available for bid through the online buyers portal in place for the Rotary Auction.

From there you can set up your registration and receive a Buyer ID for use when the Auction gets underway.

The use of the online option has been well received by residents of the region who made good use of it last year to snare some bargains and offer their support for Rotary's work in the community.

The full list of those that have donated items to this years auction can be found here. As well, the rules and information for Auction time can be reviewed from those listings.

The 2017 edition of the Prince Rupert Rotary Auction Website can be found here.

On Auction Night you can also call in at 250-627-8666

The Lester Centre
for the Arts will be the host venue for this
years Rotary Auction Nov 13-15

Show times for the three nights of the Rotary Auction are as follows

Monday, November 13 -- 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tuesday, November 14 -- 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Wednesday, November 15 -- 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

As it has in the past since migrating from the radio days, the Auction is being broadcast from the Lester Centre of the Arts and televised through CityWest Cable 10 on all three evenings.

For those that don't subscribe to the CityWest cable service, or may be away from their television on those nights, a feed of the Auction activities will also be available through CityWest, you can watch that webcast here.

You can learn more about the Rotary Club, which has served the Prince Rupert area for 96 years through their website and from their Facebook page

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