Kiwannis auction is more than bidding

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By Ken Stone

This Friday and Saturday would be great days to make your dinner plans as pick-up orders or home delivery from local restaurants.  The temperature is going to plunge and it’s a great night of entertainment and bargains that begins early at 6 p.m.

It’s Kiwanis Charity Auction time and if you haven’t seen it or heard about it then you haven’t been paying attention. Kiwanis Charity Auction information has been on local cable television, local radio and the list of auction items have filled a page of this week’s Grant County News and Express.

This Friday and Saturday is Kiwanis Charity Auction time folks!  Every dollar you spend on the many various items will go into a Kiwanis community project or program this year.  
The Kiwanis Charity Auction has become a community event over the past 16 years.  Those who donate items to the auction could easily donate cash and make the entire fundraising process simple and quick.

But, the Kiwanis Auction is more than about raising money; it’s about being a community. The auction is a feel good Grant County celebration.  The buyers enjoy the thrill of the bidding war while the winning bidders gain a value for their charitable donation.  The community wins as the Kiwanis fill specific needs that make Grant County a great place to live.

The real heroes of the Kiwanis Charity Auction are those that donate.  Many donate because they feel pride in their community. Others donate hoping to gain the attention of someone who has never been into their business.  Others donate to help fund the many programs sponsored by Kiwanis.

During the entire quick paced and sometimes frantic live bidding the Kiwanis try to give credit to all the donors.  It’s an Americana experience at it’s best.

With this it must be said that the Kiwanis membership is small and many of the members are very active, making it difficult to personally visit every possible business. If you were missed please accept our apology.  Call auction co-chairman, Dennis Stanley, 859-393-8366, and let him know you would like to be included in upcoming events.

I ask that you take note of all those businesses that donated and try to give each location a visit.  Your one visit can mean a lot to a small local business.  Sometimes one purchase from a new customer can mean the difference in making a profit for a small business.

Our small local businesses offer a lot.  During many of the Cash Mobs that we had prior to Christmas, people told me they did not know that the mobbed businesses had as much as they did.  They passed by these places everyday and sometimes wondered about them.
I’m asking that you stop and shop and explore these businesses in your community.  They offer things you can use; they create jobs and make the local economy healthier, one small business at a time.
Post a note next to your television, on your refrigerator and on your bathroom mirror. This Friday and Saturday is Kiwanis Charity Auction time.  If you don’t receive Williamstown Cable TV 16 or Insight 21, you can watch it live at the Williamstown City Building, next to the fire station on N. Main Street, or watch it live on the World Wide Web at www.heloit.com.
The number one bidding tip:  decide what the item is worth to you and bid that amount the first time.

(Ken Stone is publisher of the Grant County News. He can be reached at 859-824-3343 or by email at kstone@grantky.com.)