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Proceeds from annual Kiwanis Auction benefit community

By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Do you have a hankering for a Big Boy? How about a Chinese dinner buffet or an autographed photo of University of Kentucky basketball player Terrence Jones.

If you’re in the market for something unusual or even something antique, then the 15th annual Kiwanis auction is for you.

This annual event is the group’s main fundraising activity for the year.

The auction will be held Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 at the Williamstown City Building. Participants can go to the city building and watch the auction live or can stay home and phone in bids by watching the event on Williamstown Access Channel 16 or on their home computer or on the Internet.

Kiwanians spend many hours scouring the area for auction items. Some are donated without a reserve bid, while others have a minimum bid.

“It’s a lot of fun, a really good time,” said Ken Stone, one of the annual event’s organizers.
Stone and Dennis Stanley serve as hosts, while other Kiwanis members man the phones and keep track of the bids.

Each night of the auction features different items.

Stone said the auction was an idea he borrowed from the Lions Club in Cynthiana.

“In Harrison County, they would raise more than $50,000 doing this, so I thought it was something that we could do here in Grant County,” Stone said.

The first auction brought in $3,800. Last year, the event raised more than $12,500.

“That was our highest year so far,” Stone said.

The Kiwanis are dedicated to community service. Some of their projects include scholarships to Grant County and Williamstown students, programs at North Key and Parkview Manor. They also provide funding for programs for Community Education and Summer Splash, as well as sponsor a Builder’s Club and Key Club at Williamstown High School.

Prior to the auction, the Kiwanis group sold fireworks to make money for their programs.

Stone said with increased competition from firework’s professionals, the club had to find another money source.

“We’re all volunteers and the competition got fierce and we really just couldn’t compete with that,” Stone said.

The variety of items in the auction range from hamburgers to high-end antiques.

Stone said the most unusual item he can remembered being offered was a stud fee for a horse.

This year, one of the items being sold is a VIP Family Pass to Three Chimneys Horse Farm, which is closed to the public. There’s also a VIP package at Keeneland, Reds Tickets as well as a working Victrola and an 1800s ladies secretary’s desk.

“We’ve got a 1-ounce gold coin and an autographed Peyton Manning football jersey. There’s really something for everyone,” Stone said.

In addition to the live auction, some items will be part of a silent auction.

Bidders can call Skinner Furniture at 859-823-5421 before 3 p.m. on Feb. 3 to register for a bidder’s number.

The auction begins each night at 6 p.m. Bids can also be phoned in on those nights by calling 859-824-3633.

To watch the event live go to www.heliot.com/live-video or go to www.williamstownkiwanis.com and click on the link.

“This is really small town Americana at it’s finest,” Stone said. ”We don’t spend a lot on production and all the money raised goes back into programs for the community.”


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

The Kiwanis Auction will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4.

It is held at the Williamstown City Building.

Bids can be made over the phone, live from the audience or by Internet.

To obtain a bidder’s number call 859-823-5421 before 3 p.m. on Feb. 3.

To call the auction on Feb. 3 or Feb. 4 call 859-824-3633.

To watch the event live, go to www.heloit.com/live-video or go to www.williamstownkiwanis.com and click on the link.