Maureen Macarenko

Prince Rupert Rotary Auction tops $60,000

The 50th Annual Prince Rupert Rotary Auction has been hailed a success.

The 50th Annual Prince Rupert Rotary Auction has been hailed a success, with both the number of items auctioned off and money raised increasing from last year.

According to early estimates, approximately $61,000 was raised at the 2014 event, up from $57,000 before expenses in 2013.

“We’re very thankful for the overwhelming support of the community, and [people in the surrounding area], that made our auction the huge success it was,” said Brian Munson, who co-chaired the event along with Marina Lamb, also extending thanks to volunteers who made the auction possible.

Approximately $90,000 in cash and in-kind donations were provided by businesses and individuals this year, with a total of 760 items being up for grabs, about 50 more than last year.

The fundraiser kicked off with early online bidding on Nov. 16, with the live auction taking place and airing on CityWest channel 10 from Nov. 17 to 19 at the Lester Centre of the Arts.

Munson said there was a slight increase in the number of online bids this year, which has been a trend over the past few years.

This year a new online buying feature “max-bid” was introduced. This allowed people to place a minimum and maximum bid on items, so if a higher offer was made their bid would automatically raise by a small increment to beat it, repeating until the maximum was reached.

The annual auction is the Prince Rupert Rotary Club’s major fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds going back to the community through the club’s many projects. This includes supporting the Salvation Army’s backpack program and the apple program in schools, covering the costs of the club’s annual Polar Bear Swim and Easter Egg Hunt events, and completing community projects like the Second Avenue tennis courts.