The Amherst Rotary Club's annual auction is returning for its 59th year in May.
AMHERST - Over 59 years, the Amherst Rotary Club has raised close to $400,000 through its annual auction.
The club will again take to the airways Tuesday, May 13 as it takes bids on merchandise donated by local merchants and individuals.
"The auction is one of our largest and most successful fundraisers," auction committee chairwoman Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin said. "It supports a number of community activities, most significantly Camp Tidnish. The camp offers a summer camping experience to youth and adults with physical and mental challenges."
Proceeds from the auction also support the Rotary Centennial Park on Willow Street and other community projects, scholarships at ARHS and international projects.
People can register at www.amherstrotaryauction.com beginning April 15 and fliers will be available at various locations beginning April 24.
Those who participated in previous auctions should get an email reminding them to register.
“We are very fortunate to have the continued support of so many generous donors from the business community,” Smith-McCrossin said. “Many of our donors have been supporting the auction for years, while we also have some new contributors. None of this would be possible without everyone’s support.”
After that, they can bid on all the items included in the auction and will receive notification by email if their bid has been bested or if they were the successful purchaser.
As well, the auction will have proxy bidding enabled in which a participant can input their maximum bid on each item. Once their initial bid is surpassed, the computer will automatically increase the bid in $5 increments until the maximum bid has been reached.
Auction items will also be on display on a TV screen in the CANSA window in the former Pugsley’s Pharmacy location on the corner of Church and Victoria streets.
The auction is being simulcast on CFTA Tantramar Community Radio 107.9 between 6 and 9 p.m. on May 13, while there will be auction-related programming on the radio station during the afternoon.
More than $40,000 in merchandise is up for grabs in various categories, including education, automotive, clothing, food and drink, gifts and jewelry, health and beauty, home-garden-furnishings and miscellaneous.
Other categories include music and entertainment, pets, sports and leisure, salt of the earth and services.
The auction general nets between $20,000 and $25,000 for the club and is one of its major fundraisers, along with the annual Trip of the Month draw.