Rotary auction

JR Pauley with Denison Livestock Auction holds a chainsaw aloft during the Denison Rotary Club’s annual auction in 2017. Photo by Gordon Wolf

Sixty-nine items will be up for bid at the silent auction at Sunday’s Denison Rotary Club annual auction. The live auction will have 73 items.

“It is going to be very entertaining,” said Don Luensmann, president of the Denison Rotary Club. “We have a lot of great items.”

The auction includes a meal catered by Hy-Vee.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Boulders Conference Center with the silent auction.

The live auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and will run for about two hours, Luensmann said.

Money raised through the auction will be used to support Denison and Crawford County nonprofit organizations.

“A little bit of money will be used to support efforts for Rotary International but 95 percent of the money that we raise stays in Denison and Crawford County,” he said.

The Rotary auction in Denison has been taking place since 1995.

“We’ve been averaging somewhere around $45,000 net from the auction the last several years,” Luensmann said.

The auction has brought in more than $750,000 in the last 22 years.

Over the years, the Denison Rotary Club has provided auction funds to Goodfellows, Future Business Leaders of America, Denison public and parochial schools, Western Iowa Tech, the fairgrounds, the Arbor Society, the Hospital Foundation of Crawford County, Pheasants Forever, the Women in Business Impact Organization, Moving Veterans Forward and many others, Luensmann said.

To prepare for the auction, the club’s 31 members approach more than 300 businesses and individuals to ask for donations of items or “experiences” for the auction.

Experiences include dinners for parties of various sizes or trips and overnight stays at various venues.

In addition to the businesses and individuals who have made donations for the auction, another 30 businesses have made cash contributions, which are used to defray the cost of the meal and the travel packages, Luensmann said.

JR, Tom, John and Ben Pauley will handle the auctioneering.

“They do an excellent job making it interesting and fun,” Luensmann said. “That’s part of the reason people come.”

Luensmann said individuals might consider the auction as a place to find unique gifts for others.

“This year we have (country music singer-songwriter) Eric Church tickets that we’re auctioning off in the live auction that might very well be a Christmas present that somebody could purchase and give to a family member or a friend,” he said.

The $15 cost of a ticket for admission to the auction also pays for dinner and a ticket for the raffle of a five-day/four-night trip to Savanna, Georgia, including airfare and hotel accommodations.

Three drawings for $200 will take place throughout the evening.

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