Rotary Auction raises $30,000 for local causes

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The Rotary Club of Huntsville has about 30,000 reasons to smile this week. That’s how much their annual auction brought in, funds that will be used to support future Rotary projects and charities in our community.

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers,” noted Nickie Savage, who co-chairs the Rotary auction with Peter Redwood, adding that the club is grateful for the support of the auction item donors, auction block sponsors, and the bidders. She also gave a shout out to the many Rotarians who worked hard behind the scenes to collect donations and input entries for the online auction. “It was time consuming but well worth it.”

The auction has been a Rotary fundraiser for more than 30 years. Bids used to be collected by phone, but in the last eight or nine years it’s all been done online. This year there was an increase in the number of gift certificates available, something Savage said bidders seemed to appreciate because they can spend it on any item they want to at that business. There were a few that even went for higher than face value, a testament to the community’s support for the work Rotary does.

You’ll often find Rotarians out in the community, volunteering for various projects and helping with or hosting their own events. Their next major presence will be a pancake breakfast at the Muskoka Maple Festival in April. And then the crowd-pleasing Rotary DockFest, another major fundraiser for the club, will return in July.

“We are lucky to be in community that comes together for special events,” said Savage, “and we’re very lucky that the community supports Rotary.”

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  1. The Rotary in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce should have a Business Appreciation Night at which all not for profit organizations share their combined lists of donors listing the percentage of income those businesses donate. Awards could be given out for the top ten. I believe the numbers would astonish all the organizations and be an eye opener to the public as well. Without the generous donations of local businesses, none of these organizations would exist unless in a greatly diminished capacity. All those businesses that give so much to this communit, and there are many, stand up and take a bow you all deserve it.

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