Kiwanis gearing up for TV auction Saturday

The local Kiwanis Club once again is looking to raise money to help district children with its annual TV auction this Saturday afternoon on Channel 11.
“We’re coming along fine,” said Laurie Walsh, chair of the auction committee, adding a good number of items have been lined up.
“We canvassed 262 businesses in town. All of them don’t donate, but many do,” he noted. “They know the Kiwanis help children, specifically with Sunny Cove Camp, which I think most local children go to sometime in their lives.
“They’re very, very generous. Businesses are asked for donations every day,” Walsh added. “But we have businesses that don’t normally donate—they donate to it because of the kids.”
Walsh said the TV auction “gives back” to the sponsors with short features of all the businesses broadcast between “blocks” of items during the auction, which will run from 1-6 p.m.
“Shaw put them together. It really looks good,” he remarked.
Auction items range from gift certificates at local stores and restaurants to big-ticket ones like a $1,200 diamond ring from Brockie’s Jewellers, a $1,700 trip to Campfire Island, courtesy of Ross’ Camp, a fly-in fishing trip through Rusty Myers Flying Service, valued at over $1,000, and a even a chance to co-host the Morning Show on CFOB.
The auction will get underway following a 10-minute segment introducing the auction and explaining what the Kiwanis Club does with the funds raised.
Winning bidders can pick up their goods from the Shaw studio for a short time after the auction, or they can have Kiwanians deliver them to their homes the next day.
Walsh noted viewers also can expect to see some Robert Moore students, who are part of the Kiwanis Builders’ Club, helping out at the auction.
“It takes a lot of people to get this done, but we do it,” he said.