Go once, go twice – sold for a good cause!
Saturday’s Winchester Kiwanis Auction was a big hit at Bargains on Broadway. A standing crowd of more than 150 attended the annual fundraiser which began in the 1950s, possibly earlier, in the back of a van in the Kroger parking lot at the corner of Maple and Broadway – or – it started on the back of a flatbed truck in front of the courthouse.
“Our Kiwanis auction was a huge success!” said Winchester Kiwanis President Greg Yates. “Way beyond my expectations. The place was packed, standing room only.
One hundred percent of auction proceeds go to the annual Kiwanis “Walk with a Child” event the club hosts at Walmart in September. Proceeds help provide school children near and far with backpacks and clothing.
Grand totals are still being calculated, Yates said, but preliminary figures indicate that at least $10,195 worth of merchandise has been sold — a figure that is sure to increase as contributions from sponsors of the auction will be counted.
People bid on hundreds of items, including tool sets, flashlights, golf kits, toys, and bikes. A bidding war for a delicious chocolate cake has broken out between buyers who couldn’t say no to a slice of heaven.
“The bidding war I remember was about the German chocolate cake made by Carolyn Burtner,” Yates said. “Normally her cakes are $70-80, but on Saturday night her cake sold for $140.”