Making A $50,000 Difference: Cullman Rotary Club Auction

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Making A $50,000 Difference: Cullman Rotary Club Auction

“ROTARY: Making A Difference”

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.

Perfect weather welcomed a record number of attendees out to make bids and take home their winnings in the Cullman Rotary Club 45th annual fundraising auction.

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 Eli Howard is hopeful for a record-setting donation total:

“This auction is our only fundraising event during the year. Speaking for all Rotary Club members, we are VERY appreciative and grateful of the support bestowed on us by the Cullman community. Last year’s auction brought in nearly $58,000 (a record amount). We put those funds right back to work across the community for important causes and organizations.”

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

Glock 9mm handgun
$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 longtime Rotary Club member Dale Greer:

“We have 70 or so 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.”

The Cullman Rotary Club has helped many, many people.

As an example, the Cullman Rotary Club donated $25,000 to the City of Cullman to re-plant hundreds of trees 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
• Margaret Jean Jones (CCCDD) Center
• Scholarships for local high school seniors
• Sportsman’s Lake dock and walkway
• Wallace State Foundation

This VIDEO – featuring Eli Howard – will provide a fun, informative and detailed overview of exactly what the Cullman Rotary Club’s 45th annual fundraising auction was all about:

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

Three Wine Centerpiece – Highland Technical
One year Safety Deposit Box – Citizens Bank & Trust
The Complete Guide To Claypot Cooking – Tony Turbyfill, CPA

Wiley X Sunglasses – Boozer Eye Care
Orca Podster Cooler – Citizens Bank & Trust
Vela Shape Body Contouring Session – Selah Therapeutic Massage

Men’s Bering Watch – Gold Rush Jewelers
Grill King Pizza Stone Kit – Hanceville Drug Co.
Fix-A-Flat – Advance Auto Parts

Rolling Cooler – Hanceville Drug Co.
Large Salad Bowl & Serving Dishes – Tony Turbyfill, CPA
Martin Sigma Guitar – Francene Van Sambeck

Hills Snack for Dogs – Lee’s Veterinary Hospital
Delbert’s Famous Cheesecakes – Delbert’s Famous Cheesecakes
Frontline Flea & Tick Collar – Lee’s Veterinary Hospital

Stainless Steel Tumblers – Regions Bank
45 piece Sock Set – AutoZone
Gift Basket – McSwain Pharmacy

Gift Box – Jim N’ Nicks
Tarpan Pony Ride – Brightfield’s at Cedar Valley
Eucalyptus Oils Package – Speciality Compounding Pharmacy

Dog Food & Treats Basket – Cullman Veterinary Hospital
$25 Gift Certificate – Book & Barrell Outfitters
Cuban Cigar Collection – Guy Caffey

Cullman Rotary Club President Perry Shields had these thoughts about the event:

“After nine years in the Cullman Rotary Club, I am still amazed at the large turnout and support we get every year.

I want to acknowldge the crew from The Link of Cullman Country for helping us with food service. In addition, our two dozen or so Rotoract Club members from Wallace State have been both an inspiration and blessing. These high quality young adults are crucial to the success of this auction.

People should know that the monies we generate from this event sustain us and our charitable community efforts throughout the year. We are VERY grateful. Our motto is: ‘ROTARY: Making A Difference’. With everyone’s help tonight, we are doing exactly that.”

Cullman Rotary Auction Proceeds Gives Back To Cullman

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Making A $50,000 Difference: Cullman Rotary Club Auction

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