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Kiwanis phone-in Big Auction this Saturday

CLAREMONT, NH—Are you hoping to attend a game at Fenway Park this season?

The Claremont Kiwanis Club can help you score some Red Sox tickets. Is a relaxing hour-long massage on your bucket list? Kiwanis has you covered. 

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Do you want to sample more than 40 ice-cold local beers, relax over a leisurely brunch, or try lip-smacking jams, enticing quesadillas, or a pizza every week for a year?

No problem: Kiwanian operators will guide you to feeding-frenzy satisfaction.

To be exact: Operators will be ready to take your call this Saturday, April 6, from 10 AM to 4:20 PM, when the Claremont Kiwanis Club hosts its 19th annual Big Auction. You can bid on more than 250 items and services, knowing that all the proceeds will go to helping the children of Sullivan County and the surrounding region.

Better yet: To get a jumpstart on the auction, you can already place your bids online. The web bidding feature (in its fifth year) went live on March 27.

“The annual auction is one of our major fundraisers,” said Joan Baillargeon, a club director and this year’s auction chairperson. “I’d like to thank all the area businesses and individuals who so generously support our auction so that we can continue our mission to provide services to the children in Sullivan County.”

The Claremont Kiwanis Club is the local chapter of Kiwanis International. This global network of clubs, members and partners is dedicated to improving the lives of children and changing the world one community at a time.

Baillargeon emphasized that the auction couldn’t happen without the tireless volunteer efforts of Club members. Early in January, most members start to contact or visit area businesses to solicit products and services. The Club also sends a formal letter inviting participation. Other members form an auction committee that manages event logistics such as entering items in the auction software database, coordination with CCTV for live coverage and assigning roles for auction day.

You can bid on passes to Claremont Brewfest, rounds of golf, a fire pit package, ride-alongs with Claremont Fire and Police personnel, State vehicle inspections, a Weedeater electric blower, a 3-month membership at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, gift cards from markets, restaurants and sporting-goods stores, and a framed 11x17 butterfly original photograph donated by the e-Ticker News of Claremont.  The Big Board lists higher-value items such as a HEPA air filter from Sol-Air, a voucher for a 3-credit course at River Valley Community College, and pizza-every-week deals from Out of the Ordinary and Tremont House of Pizza. 

 All monies raised by the Kiwanians help fund county and regional children’s charities, including Special Olympics, Turning Points, Amplified Arts and the Kiwanis Cares Holiday Program.

Ann Dewey, Club president, highlights other recipients of Kiwanis funds. “Every year we award 14 scholarships of $1,000 each to seniors graduating from area high schools. There are seven for Claremont, three for Newport, three for Fall Mountain and one for Sunapee. We donate to the Claremont, Charlestown and Newport recreation community centers. We’ve also helped pay expenses for students to attend various academic and enrichment programs.”

 Dewey notes that in 2018, the Claremont Kiwanis donated $87,000 to local organizations.

To learn more about the auction and how to watch, listen to and bid, visit http://ourkiwanisauction.com.  

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