Carroll Rotary Club’s first-ever radio auction proved to be a hit show, generating nearly $10,000 for the community-service organization.
Money from the auction plus the Rotary’s other smaller fundraisers during the year will bolster the club in its long tradition of assisting with all kinds of needs and special projects in the community.
The auction aired for two hours on Saturday morning, Nov. 2, on KCIM Radio and featured 40 items, with 10 new items introduced each half hour.
The auction offered a wide selection, and all the items were featured on the club’s Facebook page leading up to the event. Some of the items were golf-outing packages, a Town and Country Travel gift certificate, Bordenaro’s Meat Market gift certificates, 50-pound bags of water-softener salt with delivery included, a Carroll Brewery package, and packages featuring University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Carroll High and Kuemper Catholic themes.
Attracting the top bids were a snowblower, $675; dinner for six prepared by Bob Woodhouse and served at his historic Carroll home, $500; and four tickets plus parking passes to the Iowa-at-Iowa State men’s basketball game on Dec. 12, $350.
“We made about $10,000, which we’re ecstatic about, because we didn’t spend a lot on the other end for the items,” Rotary President Bob Fasbender said. “Usually when you have an auction, you’re spending something to get something, but we didn’t have that. Everybody from Rotary donated something with a certain value, and then we sold it.”
Fasbender and Deb Quandt, Rotary membership chairwoman, hosted the show while other club members helped with phone calls and keeping track of the bidding.
“It started out a little slow, but after it got going, it really went right along,” Fasbender said, “and it was really fun to do this for the first time.”
Rotary every year makes many different contributions in the community, including: Community of Concern food pantry; free dictionaries and bicycle-safety helmets for third-graders at Carroll Community Elementary, Kuemper Catholic, Ar-We-Va and Glidden-Ralston schools; scholarships to Carroll and Kuemper high schools and Des Moines Area Community College; New Hope Foundation; St. Anthony Regional Hospice; American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; congregate-meal program; Carrollfest; New Opportunities’ back-to-school supplies; RSVP/Foster Grandparents; Boy Scouts; Carroll County Pheasants Forever; and honor flights for Carroll County military veterans.
Over the years, the club also has supported special projects such as the new cancer-treatment center under construction at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, the Carroll Aquatic Center, public restrooms in Westgate Mall, and play equipment for the recently renovated playground at Carroll Area Child Care Center.
Club members also make a difference through their volunteerism, such as litter cleanup along Highway 30 West in Carroll and teaming with Lions Club to host an annual kids’ Christmas-shopping spree.
Fasbender said organizers likely will host another radio auction next year and improve it, using some things they learned from this year’s experience.