Kiwanis club opens youth auction | News, Sports, Jobs – SANIBEL-CAPTIVA
Bidding is now open for the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club’s annual Kiwanis Grand Auction.
The online auction, which opened March 18 and will close March 27 at 6 p.m., features more than 50 items that offer something for everyone and every interest. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to fund scholarships for island youth, as well as grants for youth recreation and education programs.
“Items range from the expected, to the rare and the unusual”, reports the club. “Many offer experiences you can’t find anywhere else, so definitely worth a visit.”
Auction items include island resort stays, dining packages, private parties and dining, artwork, fishing trips, boat cruises, sporting goods and equipment, wines, various outings golf and more.
“Some one-of-a-kind items and experiences are not so expected,” reports the club. “Where will you find a tour of a world-class corkscrew collection, an educational tour of the Lee County Sheriff’s Firing Range (office), or a birds-eye view of the islands from a private plane? ”
The online auction was launched last year to replace the annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner, which was suspended for two years due to the pandemic. Dinner was usually accompanied by live, silent action; moving the auction online has allowed the club to continue supporting young people.
“Throughout the COVID period, we have worked hard to maintain the Kiwanis Scholarship Program,” said club chairman Joel Goodman. “Being able to offer the auction online has been a big help.”
All funds raised at the event are used in the community by the Kiwanis Foundation. The proceeds make possible the Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to local students attending post-secondary colleges, universities, and technical schools. In recent years, the program has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships. Additionally, the club uses funds raised at the event to provide grants to other local nonprofits whose programs benefit the education, recreation and welfare of young people.
Past grant recipients have included Sanibel School’s Success Maker Computer Program, Sanibel Public Library Children’s Programs, Sanibel Recreation Center Scholarships, BIG ARTS Summer Programs, Sanibel Youth Sports, Friends Who Care, FISH of Sanibel-Captiva Children’s Programs, Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Children’s Programs and more, depending on the club.
Sponsors for this year’s event include: Cielo at the platinum level; Bank Of The Islands and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank at gold level; Bailey’s General Store, Barefoot Charley’s Painting Co., Billy’s Rentals, Island Sun, Myra Roberts, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, The UPS Store, ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, and Uhler & Vertich at the silver level; and Chauncey Goss, Congress Jewelers, Carefree Birding and Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille at the bronze level. The club thanked the sponsors, as well as the businesses and individuals who donated items for the auction.
For more information or to bid, visit www.32auctions/SanCapKiwanisAuction2022.