Weekly Feature

2018-01-03 / Local News

Akron-Newstead Rotary auction raises $25,000

Residents and members of the Akron-Newstead business community gathered last month with Rotarians and their guests at the Akron Fire Hall for a festive evening featuring food, friends, fellowship, and community outreach.

The approximately 120 people that attended the 28th annual fundraiser were treated to Hors D'oeuvres, cocktails, and the soulful sounds of Saxman Slim. The event featured a basket raffle, silent auction, and the ever-popular mystery gift auction, where wrapped gifts of unknown content are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Event Co-Chair Patty Buckley reported that this year's auction raised $25,000 in money and gifts that will be used to support the club's annual holiday outreach program which provides groceries and gifts to families in the Akron-Newstead community that find themselves financially challenged during the holiday season. This year, the Club will provide assistance to 43 local families consisting of 122 children and 72 adults.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be used to support the club's “Neediest Families Fund." The fund provides assistance to families that require aid outside of the holiday season and to families that experience catastrophic, life-altering events throughout the year.

Individuals or organizations wishing to make a donation to the "Akron-Newstead Rotary's Neediest Family Fund" may do so by mailing their donation to Akron-Newstead Rotary Club, P.O. Box 300, Akron, NY 14001. Make checks payable to "Akron-Newstead Rotary Club" and indicate "Neediest Family Fund" on the memo line of the check.

“We are pleased that our Annual Holiday Auction Fundraiser has garnered the support of the Akron-Newstead community," said club President John Gehl. "This is truly a special event and I would like to thank everyone that partnered with us and helped make this event a huge success, especially those individuals and businesses that donated and purchased auction items.”

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