Kiwanis TV auction coming up

The local Kiwanis Club once again is looking to raise money to help district children with its 28th-annual TV auction next Saturday (April 29) on Channel 10.
“Everything is pretty much into place. All of the items have come in and now we’re just waiting for the day to arrive to have the auction,” said Kiwanian Shanda DeGagne-Begin, who is co-organizing the event with Angie Korzinski for a second year.
She noted this is the Kiwanis’ second-biggest fundraiser of the year behind the “Trip of the Month” draw, adding the club netted about $12,500 from its TV auction last April.
The club hopes to do at least that well this time around.
Once again, Kiwanis members have rounded up hundreds of items for bid for the TV auction. Check out the full list in next Monday’s Daily Bulletin and again in the April 26 edition of the Times.
“We’ve got items for pretty much everybody,” said DeGagne-Begin. “For the guys, we have tools and fishing rods and tackle. And for the women, manicures, pedicures, and housekeeping services.
Then there’s trips, airplane tickets—there’s something for everybody,” she enthused.
She noted while the auction will be broadcast on Channel 10 (Shaw), you don’t necessarily have to be a cable subscriber to participate in the auction.
“They can definitely bid. Just call during the allotted group times that will be laid out in the newspaper,” DeGagne-Begin said.
They also can call in advance bids between noon and 1 p.m. on the day of the auction.
DeGagne-Begin noted one change to the format this year is when the public can pick up their items and pay for them.
As opposed to during the auction like previous years, auction winners now are asked to pick up their goods from the Shaw studio (1037 First St. E.) between 6-8 p.m.
“Hopefully, we can process people much faster this way,” she said.
Proceeds from the Kiwanis TV auction go towards several causes, the primary one being Sunny Cove Camp, which the Kiwanis adopted from the local Jaycees in 1956.
The club pays about $25,000 a year to keep it going.
As well, the club has made financial commitments to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care and the new skate park here.
The local Kiwanis also regularly contribute towards the district 4-H, Fort Frances Public Library, high school bursaries, Northwestern Health Unit projects, “Relay for Life,” “Meals on Wheels,” Boy Scouts, Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts, Fort Frances Community Chest, and the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and “Adopt-A-Family” programs, among other causes.
DeGagne-Begin noted familiar faces once again will be on-air for this year’s TV auction, including Dr. Robert Lidkea. Viewers also can expect to see some Robert Moore students, who are part of the Kiwanis Builders’ Club, helping out.
The auction will get underway at 1 p.m. on April 29, following a 10-minute segment introducing the auction and explaining what the Kiwanis Club does with the funds raised.
As in previous years, items will be presented in groups, with “major items” (i.e., those running between $105 and $1,700 in retail value) up for bid between 4:45-6 p.m.
The auction ends at 6 p.m.
As noted above, advance telephone bids will be accepted between noon and 1 p.m. on the day of the auction.
Successful bidders will be notified by phone on Saturday as soon as the bidding on the respective item group closes, and can pick up their goods at the television studio after the auction is over (between 6-8 p.m.)