The event generated more than $67,000 in revenue according to chair Pam Nelson.
Over 270 people attended the dinner and auction event on Feb. 15 at the Museum Center at Five Points.
This year's auction proceeds were an increase of more than 36 percent over 2012.
Attendees bid on live auction items including a week’s stay at a Sea Island Ocean Residence, two nights in an historical cabin, all-inclusive trip to Cambodia, dinner for 12, Turkey Hunt, cocoa and cookies with Santa, dinner for eight, gingerbread cooking lessons, asphalt seal coating, .22 rifle, masters practice badges, original-framed art, 5-carat emerald stone, 10-carat sapphire stone, Five-star dining experience, Italian dinner for eight, family summer membership at the YMCA.
Along with these live auction items, there were also more than 40 tiered auction items to choose from.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland uses proceeds from the auction to fund both local and international projects, including an International Water Project in Guatemala and the Rotary International Polio Immunization Project.
Grants are awarded each year to many local nonprofit organizations. Recipients included dictionaries for third-graders in Cleveland/Bradley Schools, Interact student scholarships, Cleveland State Foundation (scholarships), James Bomar Foundation (scholarship), Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Greenway Table Trousdale School Phone Tree, The Caring Place Phone/Intercom System, Mainstreet Farmers’ Market Billboard, Museum Center Display Cases/Storage System and People for Care and Learning Greenway Water Fountains.
“We are so excited about the success of the year’s auction. The response from the club members and community was tremendous,“ said Nelson, club president-elect.
Sponsors for the event included Gold Friends of Rotary — Bank of Cleveland, Brown Stove Works, First Tennessee Bank, Ocoee Oral Surgery/Paul McCord, DDS, Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, Rardin and Carroll Architects/Carroll & Greene Real Estate, Raymond James Financial, Gray Epperson Automotive Group and Garden Plaza/Life Care of Cleveland; Silver Friends of Rotary — Athens Federal Community Bank, Bilbo Law Office, Don and Lil Harting, People for Care and Learning, Caldwell Paving, Southern Heritage Bank, Wholesale Supply Group, William J. Brown and Associates, and Water & Waste Equipment; and Bronze Friends of Rotary — Branch Banking & Trust, State Rep. Kevin Brooks, Hardee’s/J&S Restaurants, Jenne, Scott, Jenne, PLLC, Lillios family, Ann and Mac McCoin, Jack and Nancy Milne, Tim and Cindy Spires, Rhodes to the World, Inc, Tri Con Construction, Ocoee Insurance Services, Check Into Cash/Jones Management and USA Mortgage Inc.
Rotary Club President Art Rhodes expressed his appreciation to the auction committee, the club, the sponsors and the community in supporting the primary fundraising event and for making it such a resounding success.
Committee members included Nelson, auction committee chairman; Kim Casteel, decorations; Hazel Key, publications; David Carroll, auctioneer; and Ross Tarver, Carmin Chastain, Esmerelda Lee, Michael Griffin, Mike Baker, Jeremy Henderson, Aaron Weatherford, Paul McCord, Cason Conn, Peggy Pesterfield, Julia Scoggins, Patrick Long, Sharon Marr, Sheryl Jaggers and Lil Harting.
The auction committee has begun its planning meetings to set the stage for an even better 2014 event. If you are interested in participating in the event or attending a club meeting, you may visit www.clevelandrotary .com.