Kiwanis TV auction goes Saturday

The local Kiwanis Club once again is looking to raise money to help district children with its 26th-annual TV auction this Saturday on Channel 10.
“I’m hoping we do as well as we did last year,” organizer Harry Jones said Monday, adding the club netted about $11,000 in 2003.
“Except for the ‘Trip of the Month’ draw, this is our biggest fundraiser,” he added.
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.
Jones noted the Kiwanis pay about $26,000 a year to keep it going.
Furthermore, the club has made financial commitments to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care and the proposed skate park project here, and is a regular donor to the district 4-H and Fort Frances Public Library.
Once again, Kiwanis members have rounded up hundreds of items for bid for the TV auction, including a one-day fishing trip for two courtesy of Rusty Myers Flying Service, $325 worth of design production for a new website or redesign of an existing one by the Fort Frances Times Electronic Publishing, and a book of 10 tickets for 18 holes of golf at the new Heron Landing Golf Course on Couchiching.
The highest-valued item ($1,700) is a two-night weekend for two at Campfire Island, courtesy of Ross’ Camp.
Check out the full list of auction items up for bid elsewhere in this issue of the Times.
“There is definitely no reduction from last year in what we have for auction,” said Jones, who will be on-air for Saturday’s auction along with fellow Kiwanians Dr. Robert Lidkea, Robin Wright, and Alan Zucchiatti.
“The businesses have been very generous. We only ever see a few people decline to give, and even then, they say to call them back next year,” he added.
Jones noted the Kiwanis here often see more support for the TV auction than their counterparts in larger areas, such as Thunder Bay.
The auction will get underway at 1 p.m., 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” (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.
Advance telephone bids will be accepted between noon and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Successful bidders will be notified by phone Saturday as soon as the bidding on the respective item group closes, said Jones.
They can pick up their goods from the Shaw studio (1037 First St. E.) for a short time after the auction, or, if absolutely necessary, can have Kiwanians deliver them to their homes the next day.
Jones said the fundraiser is a group effort, involving “any Kiwanis member that’s fit to be there, as well as their spouses, friends, and family.”
Viewers also can expect to see some Robert Moore students, who are part of the Kiwanis Builders’ Club, helping out at the TV auction, as well as a few members from other local groups.
Jones noted the community will see the Kiwanis out and about here all summer, highlighted by their annual steak fry held in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship in July.
But the club also will run barbecues at both the La Vallee and Rainy River centennial celebrations, as well as a golf tournament hosted by Northwestern Ontario insurance agencies.