“Once again, the people in this fabulous place we live in stepped up and made a difference,” said Carl McCammon, chairman of the 42nd Annual Rotary Radio Auction, broadcast live last week by WKDZ. “There aren’t enough adjectives.”
Rotary set a goal of $150,000 for this year’s auction, and prior to the event, McCammon said a down year would not be a surprise.
In the days leading to the beginning of the auction, Rotary was in dire need of items to be included. At the end of the week, nearly 700 items had been auctioned.
“We received so many items on the last two days of the auction, we were still putting new items on the board at a quarter to 12 on Friday night,” McCammon said. “We didn’t finish until about 12:30.”
McCammon said big-ticket items like a bell from an old Cadiz Railroad locomotove, a custom-made rifle and a weekend trip to Nashville, sold “extremely well.”
McCammon, who said Lisa Coleman will chair the auction next year, expects next year’s goal will be set higher than this year’s take.
“Every year, we try to do a little more,” McCammon said. “The need doesn’t go away. We’ll be able to help senior adults and [Trigg County High School’s] graduating students.”
McCammon said Rotary expects its help will be needed in several ongoing projects and a few special instances like the new senior citizen’s center.
Overall, McCammon said he was sad to see the week end.
“It was so fun to be on the floor with all those folks who came to bid on stuff,” McCammon said. “There was a great attitude and atmosphere all five nights, but it was particularly exhilirating on Friday night.”