Annual Rotary Auction kicks off

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For the next two days, consumers can shop and help others at the same time.

For 63 years the Rotary Club of Paragould has been putting on a two night auction. In 2011, the auction generated over $18,000 in income that funded community projects and contributions.

Over 98% of all the proceeds raised stay in Paragould and Greene County.

Shay Willis with the Paragould Rotary Club says the proceeds from this event fund a wide variety of projects. "This will allow us to do things locally, regionally, nationally, and even worldwide," Willis said. "So, it's a really big deal. Our members put a lot of time into contacting businesses and getting these items donated. And so, do a little early Christmas shopping knowing you're going to be giving back."

Willis says this auction is now used as an example to others. "This auction is actually a model for rotary auctions all around the world," Willis said. "So, this is really a big deal for our community and our rotary club to have this event."

Willis says this year's auction is even more convenient to participants. "We actually have a new piece of technology we've added this year," Willis said. "We now have a website. People can actually start to view those items immediately."

Willis says they hope to exceed the money raised last year. "Our goal this year is to raise over $20,000" Willis said. "That money goes right back into our community. Each year we make sure that the elementary schools get dictionaries and thesaurus. We also do several other things within our community. But Rotary International is best known for eradicating Polio on our continent. And so, with rotary and events like this one we've been able to do that."

More than one hundred items will be up for bid. The auction starts at 6:30pm Monday night and will go until 10:00pm. It will pick up again on Tuesday evening at the same time.

The auction will be simulcast on KDRS radio (1490 AM), on City Cable Channel 26,

For more information about the Rotary Club, log onto this website.

To place a bid on an item, click here. 

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