Auction Chairman John Rufli set lofty goals of $130,000 in total proceeds at the auction. On Monday, Club President Jim Wallace said the preliminary total topped $135,773.
Trigg County Resident Lou Stea donated the truck that belonged to her son who died in an accident three years ago. “I wanted to do something and give the Rotary something everyone might like to bid on. My son collected antiques. I was looking at his things in the attic and saw he truck and decided that it was what I wanted to give. I had no idea it would be this great,” she said.
Rotary Secretary Sandra Myers said that the first to bid on the truck were Kevin Terrell, Jon Goodwin and Lance Stallons. When the won the truck for $300, they promptly donated it back for others to bid on.
“Last night, the auction had slowed down and the phones weren’t ringing. We said ‘Why not bid and donate it back?’” said Terrell. “We wanted to set a precedent that the idea was not about the item, but helping out. We got excited at the bids grew and people bid against us. It put a shot of energy back into the place.”
“It’s a neat thing that made that lady’s life,” said Goodwin. “As insignificant as it started, we toyed with the idea of buying it. We said ‘What the heck’ and bought it and never dreamed this was going to go where it was going. It’s part of what makes Trigg County the best place in the world to live.”
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