Terrace B.C. Rotarians ready to auction 400+ items

For the 56th time, Rotarians takes bids for donated items to raise money for the local and international projects they support.

Rotary member Brian Downie and Rotary president Marg Anderson of Rotary taking a look at some of the many items to be auctioned off for the 55th Annual Rotary Club of Terrace Auction in 2015.

The 56th Terrace Rotary Auction is geared up to raise more money than ever before.

As of Oct. 27, there were 420 items listed on 42 pages on the club’s website, with a total value of about $69,000, says Rotary club auction chair Brian Downie.

Big value items include two tickets for anywhere Westjet flies with a value of close to $3,000 and a diamond pendant necklace from Cook’s Jewellers, valued at about $1,000, Downie noted.

“The community really supported the auction well over the years and this year is no different,” he said.

Photos of items accompany the description with information about the business donating the item on the  rotary club’s site at auction.terracerotary.org.

“Businesses in the community are contributing in a very large way to make the auction a success,” Downie said.

“I think it’s been a very good partnership.”

Pre-bidding started on Oct. 28 and continues through to the auction days Nov. 5 and 6 this weekend, he added.

The auction will be underway Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and then on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

It will be broadcast on Citywest community channel 10 as well as live streamed on the auction site.

People can come to the sportsplex to see the items in person after about 2 p.m. this Saturday and are invited to come down to the sportsplex to watch the auction live. Having people there adds to the excitement, Downie said.

“The other thing we like about the auction is it involves a lot of Rotarians so that’s always good for Rotary and showcases what Rotary does in the community, he said, adding that the auctioneers are lively and have a lot of fun.