The 49th Annual Prince Rupert Rotary Auction took place over the course of three nights last week, and organizers are calling the event a resounding success.
In total, 300 businesses donated more than 700 items with a value of approximately $87,000 to this year’s auction. When all the bids were in and the items delivered the auction raised $57,000 before expenses for the work of Rotary in Prince Rupert a return rate of almost 66 per cent.
“The total value donated this year was about 10 per cent higher than last year. We are very pleased with the level of support given to us each year from the business community and the support from the buyers,” said Prince Rupert Rotary Club treasurer Bill Nicholls.
Sheila Seidemann was the lucky bidder to win a return trip to Vancouver from Hawkair, while Penny Turner won the $1,500 grand prize in the 750 draw. Other 750 winners were Jackie Bromley and Maureen Macarenko, who won $750 and $250 respectively.
This year’s auction saw a number of changes compared to past years. 2013 was the first year in some time the auction wasn’t broadcast over the radio, and people tuning into channel 10 would have noticed three people sitting behind the auction desk as opposed to the usual two.
Money raised from the auction will go toward community projects such as Rotary Exchange trips for students, the annual backpack program, the Polar Bear Swim, Easter Egg Hunt and breakfast programs and fruit programs at Prince Rupert schools while supporting community events like Hallowe’en Fest and Children’s Fest, and groups like the Rupert Rapids.