By David Rogers. August 14, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — More than $58,000 worth of items have been donated for Saturday’s “Rotary Charity Auction,” event chairman John Calvin reported to The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock members at the club’s regular monthly meeting on Monday in Chetola Mountain Resort’s Appalachian Room.
COVER IMAGE: A week long stay at a Tuscany (Italy) villa is up for bid during Saturday’s Rotary Charity Auction. Ciao!
“So if we get bids for even half of the retail value,” Calvin noted, “we will match or exceed the record of $30,000 set last year. And there are some auction prizes that are difficult to peg with a value, so that $58,000 might be understated.
For some items, we won’t know the monetary value until the bidding starts.
“For example,” Calvin said, “what is the NFL/Carolina Panthers Media Experience worth that is being offered by Blowing Rock News in partnership with the Panthers? That might be described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience for someone and could be really, really special, but we won’t know the monetary value until the bidding starts.”
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The doors will open at the August 19th Rotary Charity Auction host venue, the American Legion Building at 333 Wallingford St., at 3:00 pm. Bids for the silent auction will begin immediately at that time. The live auction will begin at 5:00 pm, and bids for the silent auction will close at 5:30 pm. Admission is free and includes food and refreshments. Parking is free. Food is being catered by Best Cellar and The Inn at Ragged Gardens. Some of the beverages are being provided by Sharon Crisman, owner of Blowing Rock’s Sunset & Vine retail store.
While a one-of-a-kind football experience might fetch upwards of $1,000, artist Keven Beck’s oil-on-linen “Bamboo Sunrise” may well be the centerpiece of this year’s auction, other items of great value are also available, including a week’s lodging at “La Limonaia,” a villa in Tuscany, Italy; a framed game jersey of NFL Hall of Famer Larry Csonka from his heyday with the Miami Dolphins; custom made jewelry by renowned Blowing Rock goldsmith/silversmith, Gaines Kiker; a football autographed by Carolina Panthers’ star linebacker, Luke Kuechly; an after hours “wine tour” of Blowing Rock Art & History Museum for 10 people; a fishing trip to Carroll Ranch, Montana; A BBQ for 24 by Tarheel Pit Master Mike Page; golf packages; restaurant gift certificates, works of art; and much, much more.
Rotary has been serving the Blowing Rock community for 72 years.
The Rotary Charity Auction is now the biggest annual fundraiser for The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock, now in its 72nd year of serving the Blowing Rock and High Country communities with time, talent and labor, as well as cash donations to non-profit causes and for funding college scholarships. The other major fundraiser for the club is selling ads for and publishing the official event program serving the participants and spectators of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show. Through the years, the proceeds from the club’s fundraisers have supported local organizations, including OASIS, Wine To Water, Community Care Clinic, Hospitality House, Hunger & Health Coalition, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Watauga Youth Network, Habitat for Humanity, Cub Scouts, Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, the Community Library, and many more.
Other initiatives of the club include The Dictionary Project that provides a dictionary or thesaurus to all students in Watauga County at specific grade levels; Career Day, exposing all 7th graders in Watauga County to vocational job opportunities that don’t necessarily require a college degree; “Student of the Month” awards at Blowing Rock School; quarterly Red Cross blood drives; building the Picnic Shelter at Blowing Rock Pool; building the Rotary Gazebo in Memorial Park; building the Rotary Pavilion next to Davant Field; building the outdoor stage at Annie Cannon Memorial Park; PolioPlus; ShelterBox; Coins For Alzheimer’s Research; Earthquake relief in Haiti, and other worthy causes.
“We are now in our 5th year of hosting Rotary Charity Auction,” observed event committee member Mike Page. “In previous years combined, we have netted well over $100,000. What makes Rotary special is that nobody gets paid. We are all volunteers, so 100% of the money we raise goes back into the community in some form or another, whether as scholarships, gifts to non-profits, or buying building materials for various projects.”
For more information about the Rotary Charity Auction or to make a last minute donation of an item to be auctioned on Saturday, August 19th, please contact John Calvin at 828-264-8426 or Mike Page at 828-414-9092.
All photographic images courtesy of The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock (except the Panthers media day image). All were edited by Blowing Rock News.