The annual Rotary Club of Prince Rupert auction is underway.
The online auction was launched yesterday (November 1) and will be open for bidding until November 15.
It’s the second year the club has opted for the online format and they are looking forward to 2022 being even better.
“We had a great auction last year,” said Crystal Lorette, Auction Committee Co-Chair. “It was our first attempt online, just coming out of COVID. And of course we didn’t have any in the year 2020. So we were able to raise a substantial amount of money that goes back into the community.
She noted that all of that money, nearly $40,000, stayed in the community and so far this year the 350 items donated to the auction have a retail value of $52,000 and they will continue to accept new items until the auction ends.
“I just want to say a big thank you to all of the Rotary businesses and friends in our community who again gave truly amazing and generous donations this year,” Lorette said. “And to all the bidders who will show up. It’s funny. You can come in and watch, you can just set your amounts and you can do it on your phone now.
Bidders can register on the Rotary website and will be redirected to the host site operated by online auction company Auctria where they can browse items, enter bids and even set up automatic bidding with an option to maximum bid allowing them to set their own budget. .
This is a change from last year when it was hosted by Bidding Owl, which Rotary was happy with, but the club found Auctria’s administrative costs more to their liking.
“It’s a really nice site,” Lorette said. “It has very nice graphics. It has all the information and we could kind of build it to suit us, so we could customize it a bit. There are videos about the history of our Rotary club, as we are over 100 years old now.
Funds raised from the auction go to ongoing projects such as Halloween Fest; School District 52’s Apple program; maintenance of the Centennial Project (McClymont Park) and Rotary’s waterfront park (whale park); and others.
Organizations that need funding can also apply for a grant from the Rotary Projects Committee.