The Courtenay Rotary Club’s sixth annual Online Auction launches April 1 with over $100,000 in donated items, gift certificates, trips, and professional services up for bid.
The auction items are available for viewing on the Rotary Club website and online bids will be accepted from April 1 at 9 a.m. until April 30 at 9 p.m.
“We’re thrilled with the community support we’ve gotten for this year’s auction. The range of auction items and the value of those donations is unprecedented,” says Courtenay Rotary Club resident Rod Hunter.
Adding to the buzz of this year’s auction is the donation of a brand new townhouse unit, donated to the Rotary auction by Art Winter of AH Winter and Son Construction and John Verrier of Avril Homes. The townhouse is located in the Ridgeview Development on Muir Road in Courtenay.
The difference between the reserved bid of $329,000 and the winning bid is what will determine the donation made to the Courtenay Rotary Club. Many of the local trades people and suppliers who were involved in the construction of the townhouse have also donated their services, giving a generous boost to the fundraising value.
Those wanting to bid on the townhouse should note that there is a bid qualifying process, so be sure to visit the website for full details at www.courtenayrotary.com.
Proceeds of the online auction will go to fund the Rotary Club’s community building projects that include an extension of the Rotary Trail project. This trail provides a new route for pedestrians and cyclists along the E&N Railway tracks that begins at the E&N train station; the next phase of the project will extend the trail from 17th to 29th streets.
“We’d like to encourage people to bid generously on the donated items, not only to help increase the grand total for the Rotary Trail project, but to also show appreciation for the generosity of our sponsors,” says Art Meyers, chair of this year’s Online Auction and project co-ordinator. “We’re fortunate to live in a place that has so many community-minded business owners and it’s great to be able to work together on projects that will benefit present as well as future generations.”
A Facebook contest is also underway during April to add to the fun and the momentum. Enter to win one of three great prizes at www.facebook.com/CourtenayRotary.
To view this year’s online auction items and to see a complete list of auction sponsors, visit the Rotary website at www.courtenayrotary.com.
— Courtenay Rotary Club