Auction Chairman Tim McGinnis said that though the club makes a decision on what philanthropic causes to disperse proceeds, historically, half of the money goes to scholarships and grants and the other half goes to support youth and senior programs in the community.
“It’s just awesome, but by going beyond the goal, I look at that as 10 more $1,000 scholarships we can offer to graduates of our schools,” said McGinnis.
At the auction on Friday night, Rotarian Rick Chidester said that anonymous donors, billing themselves as “friends of Rotary” contributed two 50-inch plasma TV’s. The first TV sold Thursday night for $2,300 while the second sold Friday for full value at $2,500.
Club President John Rufli said, “We sold 75 items at the mini-auction and have another 140 items to sell before we go off the air tonight. The biggest surprise is how people have turned out all week long both at the building and on the phone. A lot of items are going at or above value.”
Rufli said that a banana pudding, donated by Carolyn Bland sold for $400. Jon Goodwin, one of the buyers of the famed toy Coca-Cola truck from the previous auction said that he collaborated with his partners from the truck sale, Kevin Terrell and Lance Stallons, and this year with Doug Taylor and Todd King to buy the pudding.
“All week long, the auction has been in high gear with no slack,” said Goodwin. “I believe they are going to blow out their goal. It started with the breakfast and the number of people that came out from that. The auction is still running on high from the previous year.”
Terrell said that he had purchased the pudding along with other baked goods, including a strawberry cake from Thelma Fowler. When asked why he had supported the Rotary Club’s efforts for the past two years, he remained humble, saying, “I’ve got nothing else to do.”
For the complete wrap-up of the Cadiz Rotary Auction, read The Cadiz Record.