Kiwanis TV auction slated for April 21

The local Kiwanis Club once again is looking to raise money to help district children with its 29th-annual TV auction next Saturday (April 21) on Channel 10.
One change this year is the auction is scheduled a week earlier than usual in order to prevent conflicting with other events, such as the Chamber of Commerce’s home and leisure show, said Kiwanian Shanda DeGagne-Begin, chairperson of the TV auction committee.
This is her third year organizing the fundraiser with the help of Kiwanis president Cal Robertson, Robert Sletmoen, Dr. Robert Lidkea, and Angie Korzinski.
She noted all Kiwanis members have canvassed area businesses and rounded up hundreds of items for bid.
“Once again we’ve got a great bunch of items,” said DeGagne-Begin. “Something for everyone.”
Items range from a weekend fishing trip, plane tickets, and hotel accommodations to art prints, tools, and his and her rainsuits.
They also include numerous gift certificates for food, merchandise, and services ranging from hair cuts and pet care to manicures and pedicures, massages and legal services.
(Check out the full list in next Monday’s Daily Bulletin and again in the April 18 edition of the Times).
DeGagne-Begin noted while the auction will be broadcast on Channel 10, you don’t necessarily have to be a cable subscriber—or even be at home—to participate in the TV auction.
“We want to stress to people that they can look at the time slots and call during the allotted times and we’ll let them know where a bid stands,” she said.
“So if they’re away for the day up the lakes, they can call. We get a lot of people calling on their cell phones throughout the day.”
They also can call in advance bids between noon and 1 p.m. on the day of the auction.
DeGagne-Begin noted a slight change to the format this year is when the major items will be auctioned off. While they used to be saved until the end, this time they’ll be spread throughout the day—with new major items announced each hour on the hour.
“We’re changing it up a little bit,” she explained. “So people who are looking at those major items need to be aware they’re going to happen throughout the day.
“We’re hoping to keep it from being quite so busy at the end of the day, as well as to keep people watching throughout.”
The auction will get underway at 1 p.m. on April 21, following a 10-minute segment introducing the auction and explaining what the Kiwanis Club does with the funds raised.
Groups of auction items will be announced every 10-30 minutes until the auction ends at 6 p.m.
Successful bidders will be notified by phone as soon as the bidding on the respective item group closes, who can pick up their goods at the Shaw studio (1037 First St. E.) after the auction is over (between 6-8 p.m.)
DeGagne-Begin noted this is the Kiwanis’ second-biggest fundraiser of the year behind the “Trip of the Month” draw, adding the club usually nets $12,000-14,000 from its TV auction.
The club hopes to do at least that well this time around.
Proceeds from the 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,” and “Meals on Wheels,” Boy Scouts.
The club also supports the 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.