The 41st annual Richmond Kiwanis charity auction generated more than $13,800 Saturday, according to Ray DeSloover, auctioneer and club member, just short of its $14,000 goal.
The auction’s largest item, a 1996 Toyota Camry donated by Toyota South brought $2,400, DeSloover said. Two tickets to the University of Kentucky’s basketball game with Missouri brought $450, while tickets to the UK-South Carolina game went for $250.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the generosity of local businesses (which donated most of the items) and the people of Madison County (who purchased items),” DeSloover said on behalf of the club.
Most items brought amounts close to their retail values, he said.
Raising nearly $14,000 is very impressive, he said, “considering the down economy.”
The club’s 2012 auction raised $14,000, DeSloover said, but it included two donated vehicles.
“To sell only one vehicle this year and still raise almost as much money as last year is really special,” he said.
This year’s auction was one of the best organized ever, DeSloover continued. Club president Jennifer Napier was in overall charge, with Vickie Damrel and Beth Thompson playing major roles.
Proceeds from the auction help support the Kiwanis Club’s youth-service projects, Napier said, including Key Clubs at Model and Madison Central high schools, the Richmond Little League, Richmond Youth Football, Kidz Konnection Klub and Glenn Marshall Elementary School Archery Club and others.
Napier also had praise for the Key Club members who helped with auction.
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