Kiwanis TV auction raises $12,000

The local Kiwanis Club once again was successful raising money to help district children with its 29th-annual TV auction on Saturday.
Kiwanian Shanda DeGagne-Begin, chairperson of the TV auction committee, said Monday that while the numbers still were being added up and expenses factored in, the club will end up netting just over $12,000 from the fundraiser.
“Things went really well,” she noted. “From what we can foresee, we should probably come in a little better than last year.
“The auction went very smoothly,” added DeGagne-Begin. “We have a lot of great supporters who bought a ton of stuff from us. Everything sold, so that’s always a plus.
“It was a really good day,” she continued. “A lot of great volunteers came in to help us out who aren’t from Kiwanis. And Shaw was great to work with with—Randy [Thoms] is always on top of things for us.
“We had a good time.”
DeGagne-Begin noted Kiwanis members had canvassed area businesses and individuals and had no problem rounding up hundreds of items for bid.
“The businesses around town were absolutely wonderful this year. They give us great support,” she enthused.
Items ranged from a weekend fishing trip, a pressure washer, a load of gravel, and hotel accommodations to art prints, car batteries, power tools, and gazebos.
They also include numerous gift certificates for food, merchandise, and services ranging from carpet cleaning, website design, and dance lessons to oil changes, freight transfer, and veterinary care.
The TV auction is the Kiwanis Club’s second-biggest fundraiser of the year behind its “Trip of the Month” draw.
Proceeds from the TV auction go towards numerous causes, including Sunny Cove Camp, which the Kiwanis adopted from the local Jaycees in 1956.
The Kiwanis contributes about $25,000 to the camp each year.
As well, the club has made financial commitments to the “Building for the Future” campaign and the new skate park here.
The local Kiwanis also regularly contribute towards the district 4-H, Robert Moore Builders Club, library projects, high school bursaries, local elementary and secondary school projects, Northwestern Health Unit projects, “Relay for Life,” “Meals on Wheels,” and “Fishing for Futures.”
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.