Cullman Rotary Auction Success Sustains Countywide Charity Effort

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Cullman Rotary Auction Success Sustains Countywide Charity Effort

High Rollers Push Live Auction Over The Top

Dozens of Rotarians worked the main floor of the Cullman Civic Center Friday evening. Their job was simple yet complex: Keep order and administrate a tightly choreographed silent AND live auction offering hundreds of simple to premium items.

What is believed to be a record number of attendees came out to place their bids and take home their winnings in the Cullman Rotary Club’s 44th annual fundraising auction.

 

View all images from this event here

Cullman Rotary Auction Success Sustains Countywide Charity Effort

All transactions from the event’s sales and supporting fundraising efforts will go directly to the Rotary Club’s many, many charitable initiatives around Cullman County.

While the final accounting is not available at the time of this report, Rotary Fundraising Chairman Charles NeSmith is hopeful for a record-setting donation total:

“This is the Rotary’s sole fundraising event during the entire year. We are so very grateful for the community’s support. In recent years, the auction typically brings in around $50,000. We then are able to put those funds right back to work across the community for important causes and organizations. This year? It is looking very good … we may break a record … we’ll see …”

Cullman Rotary Auction Success Sustains Countywide Charity Effort

The BIG winners in the well-publicized Rotary Raffle portion of the event were:

Donnie Perkle -> Glock 17 9mm handgun

Mary Barnett -> $500 CASH (donated by Merchants Bank of Alabama)

A partial list of the items up for auction and the folks who donated them can be seen below. Cash and item donors from all over Cullman and surrounding counties participated according to Rotary Club President Dale Greer:

“We have 65 Rotarians go out into the community once a year to ask for assistance with items for the auction. I am always very impressed with how gracious, giving and supportive our donors are. We are extremely grateful for both their material support as well as their commitment to assisting the Rotary in sustaining our tradition of doing good works around the community.”

Cullman Rotary Auction Success Sustains Countywide Charity Effort

The Cullman Rotary Club has helped many, many people.

The Cullman Rotary Club is donating $25,000 to the City of Cullman to re-plant hundreds of trees that were destroyed in the April 2011 tornadoes. Other recent Cullman area projects supported by Rotary throughout the year including:

• American Cancer Society
• Books for area school libraries
• Boy Scouts of America
• Brooks Place/Child Advocacy Center
• Childhaven
• Cullman Area Workforce Solutions
• Cullman Caring for Kids
• Cullman City Schools
• Cullman County Head Start
• Cullman County Schools
• Cullman Farm City
• Cullman Police Special Fund
• Cullman Rotary Park repairs
• D.A.R.E.
• Daystar House
• Developmentally Disabled Adults
• Good Samaritan Health Clinic
• HOPE
• Margaret Jean Jones (CCCDD) Center
• Scholarships for local high school seniors
• Sportsman’s Lake dock and walkway
• Wallace State Foundation

The VIDEO below will provide a fun, informative and detailed overview of exactly what the Cullman Rotary Club’s 44th annual fundraising auction is all about:

Cullman Rotary Auction Success Sustains Countywide Charity Effort

Here are just a few of the premium items available at tonight’s auction:

• 2 VIP Rock the South Tickets – Shane Quick
• 5 Night Mountain Getaway – Tim, Shirley Quattlebaum
• Taurus .380 Handgun – Cullman Gun and Pawn
• Featured Story + Free Advertising – Tim Collins, Cullman Today

• Circa 1880’s Giant Safe – Buettner Jewelry
• Free Haircuts For A Year (Value = Priceless) – Verna Jackson
• New Green Children’s Bicycle – Regions Bank
• 3 Night Orange Beach Getaway – Daylight Properties

• Brothers Laser Printer/Copier (new) – Office Equipment Co.
• 4 Hand-crafted Bee Catchers – Clyde Shelton
• Roll Tide Limited Edition Print – O.F. Richter & Sons, Inc.
• Luminox Sports Watch – Doug Dogget Jewelers

• One-hour Massage – Selah Therapeutic Massage
• 20 gauge Benelli Legacy Shotgun – Todd Adkison
• 2 ComforPedic Pillows – Dover’s Mattress Center
• 2 Nights Golf Gunter’s Landing – Walker Bros. & Charlie Nesmith

• Very Cool Gift Basket – From the Heart
• Alabama & Auburn Platter Sets – Fricke, Sweatmon & Miller
• Classy Citizens Men’s Watch – Ed White Jewelers
• Publix Gift Card – $100

• One Ogio – Big Dome Black Sports Duffle Bag
• 4 Laser Body Sculpting Treatments Gift Cards
• Port Authority Mountain Blankets
• Handmade Serving Trays – Rayburn Graves of Bremen

• Barn Wood Handles – Burton Sinyard barn at Brushy Pond
• $250 in Color Proof Hair Care – Jennifer Persall, Friends Salon
• Boxed Pillow Set & Sheets – HomTex Dream store
• City of Cullman Drinking Glasses – Mayor Woody Jacobs

• Dog Treat Basket – Henderson and Walton
• Cooler Backpack & Drink Bottle -Alan Wood, Citizens Bank
• Applebee’s Gift Card
• One Night Stay – Cullman Comfort Suites

• Complete House Paint Set-Up – Sherwin Williams Cullman
• One Night Stay & Spay – Holiday Inn Express
• Ray-ban Sunglasses

Cash Donations Coming In As Well:

★ Wal-Mart DC = $1,000
★ Webb Wheel AFM = $500.00

For more information on the Cullman Rotary Club, visit their Facebook page.

Cullman Rotary Auction Success Sustains Countywide Charity Effort
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