Clarion Rotary Community Auction Kicks Off 44th Year

Joanne Bauer

Joanne Bauer

Published March 12, 2024 4:50 am
Clarion Rotary Community Auction Kicks Off 44th Year

CLARION, Pa. – Registration is now open for the 44th annual Clarion Rotary Community Auction at clarionrotary.com.

(Pictured above: Rotarians Jarred Heuer and Courtney Herzing prepare items donated to the Clarion Rotary Community Auction set to kick off on March 18, 2024. Over $40,000 in merchandise donated by hundreds of local businesses will be up for bid at clarionrotary.com. The auction is one of the biggest community fundraisers of the year, set to raise over $25,000 for the community.)

The eBay-style online auction kicks off on Monday, March 18, at 6:00 a.m. and runs for four days. Over $40,000 in merchandise and gift cards donated from local businesses will be auctioned off with proceeds funding Clarion Rotary Club initiatives.

“The auction is truly a community event,” said Rotary Auction Committee Co-Chairperson, Rick Tote. “We feel so thankful for the bidders who purchase items during the auction, the businesses that donated items, and our continued partnership with Penn Highlands Healthcare, providing financial support to the auction.”

During the four-day auction, nearly 400 items will be auctioned off. Hundreds of auction items close each day of the auction.

“We have thousands of dollars in gift cards to auction off as well as items like gas grills, tools, camping items, and electronics,” Tote continued.

Through the generosity of over 200 local businesses who donated items to the auction and with the community support of Penn Highlands Healthcare, the Rotary Club aims to raise over $25,000 during the four-day auction.

“We are passionate about supporting the Clarion community,” said Dave Trudell, System Director of Marketing, Communications, and Sales for Penn Highlands Healthcare. “The auction is unique as it brings so many people and businesses together within the Clarion community.”

Bidding in the online auction works the same as online bidding on ebay.com. Potential bidders will be able to view images and read descriptions of items up for auction on clarionrotary.com before placing a bid online. To place a bid, potential bidders need only to register with an email address and complete the log-in process. Outbid notices will automatically be emailed to bidders throughout the week.

Bidders do not need a credit card to bid online, however, may use cash, check, or credit card to pay for goods in person on pick-up day slated for Friday, March 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry.

“The auction is a true community event and we are excited with the generous donations made to the Rotary Club this year for the auction,” Trudell continued.

Items up for bid in the auction include Beats Headphones, a Solo Stove, four tickets to DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, pizza-for-a-year, Steelers autographed merchandise, tools, trail cams, and apple watch and wine-making equipment as well as traditional local favorites including flooring, massages, outdoor equipment, coolers, and hundreds of gift cards to local restaurants, retailers, healthcare providers, and home services.

“The auction is one of the biggest local fundraisers of the year. Every single dollar is injected right back into the Clarion community.” Jarred Heuer, Rotary Auction Committee Co-Chairperson said.

“These funds are used to support our local students in the form of five academic and civic-related scholarships, and multiple leadership academies and have helped build and support local community resources like the Clarion Hospital Cancer Center, the YMCA, and the 2nd Avenue Park” Heuer added.

“The amount of support this auction has received this year from our local businesses is remarkable. Many small businesses have had difficult years recently as the economy has shifted, yet most were more than willing to support the Clarion Rotary Community Auction. That says something about the impact this fundraiser has locally but it also speaks volumes about our community business leaders,” Nellis explained.

The Rotary Club credits the strength of their auction to the support that the community gives to local businesses, allowing them the opportunity to donate to the auction in such significant ways each year.

Pre-registration and feature photos with descriptions of items will be available on March 11 at clarionrotary.com. Bidding starts at 6:00 a.m. on March 18. Inquiries about the auction may be sent to clarionrotarycommunityauction@gmail.com.

Rotary International unites a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and creating lasting change. Rotary connects 1.2 million people of action from more than 36,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.

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