3/27/2013 9:22:00 AM Kiwanis Auction raises money for local kids, nonprofits
Kiwanis Auction volunteer MCs Jim Tilly and Bob Huck setup different items for the 62nd annual Kiwanis Auction in 2010 at the Grace M. Sparkes Activity Center. This year’s auction started Monday.
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When the 65th annual Kiwanis Auction began this week, residents started to bid on items for themselves while helping local children.
The auction is broadcasting live from 7 to 10 p.m. weeknights through Friday, April 5, on Channel 13, KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, and streamed live on www.prescottkiwanisauction.com. For the 13th year, National Bank of Arizona is the auction's major sponsor, and many local businesses are nightly sponsors.
"If we didn't have local businesses and the community behind us, this wouldn't work," Kiwanis Auction publicity chair Kathleen Gillis said. "Each year we ask, and they exceed our expectations. All that we raise goes back to groups that help children and nonprofits in our community."
The all-volunteer auction organized by members of the Bradshaw and Prescott Kiwanis clubs began in 1948 and is one of the oldest fundraisers in Kiwanis International.
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and community members, Kiwanis Auction raised $153,000 last year, which was donated to local groups that help children and nonprofits, said Dr. Todd Geiler, auction chair.
This year, viewers can look forward to vacation packages and gift certificates to restaurants, spas, and other local businesses, auction facilitator Gary Ballard said.
"We have the ever-popular handmade kaleidoscopes and hand-turned wood bowls, M&I Window packages, a brand new Mongoose bicycle for boys, a pellet fuel smoker/grill combination, and lots of hand tools," Ballard said.
Local businesses have donated range bags and soft-sided rifle cases, jewelry, watches, recreational vehicle accessories, hand-made wooden toys, family and individual memberships to the Prescott YMCA, and weekends at the Bradshaw Camp, Ballard said.
"We've got a Luke Bryan-signed acoustic guitar and a really special Frank Tenney Johnson lithograph of 'On the Open Range' with a certificate of authentication," Ballard said.
Weekends at a condo in Rocky Point, railroad tours, and stays and attractions here in Arizona as well as in New Orleans, San Antonio, and many other places are available, Ballard said.
"All the money we raise goes back to the community. All of it," Ballard said.
Proceeds from last year's auction helped the Prescott YMCA complete a renovation on the swimming pool area, restore the Granite Mountain Middle School sports field to safe, playable condition, buy new playground equipment for Goldwater Lake, helped the Yavapai Community Foundation to print its Big Kids/Little Kids resource book, buy new cribs, mattresses, bedding, car seats and high chairs for Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, and helped the Hungry Kids Project feed children in need, Gillis said.
Last year's auction also aided the Prescott High School Band Boosters as band members performed in the 2012 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, Boys to Men Mentoring Network activities, the Yavapai Food Bank and Chino Valley Food Bank, and helped buy clothing for foster children through Yavapai CASA for Kids.
Auction proceeds also helped provide clothing and school supplies for children in need in Chino Valley and Prescott schools, aided the Yavapai County Shrine Club's Clothe-a-Child program, helped members of the Special Needs Activity Program make 50 baby blankets they donated to the Community Pregnancy Center; and make Bradshaw Pines Camp available to youth groups at little or no expense, among many other projects.