The Blissfield Rotary Club has a treasure trove of items up for bid a the 28th annual charity auction this Saturday, March 19. Once again hosted by Toledo 11 news personality Jerry Anderson, the event has a large variety of items in live and silent auctions as well as a Blitz Raffle.
This year’s blitz raffle beneficiaries are the Blissfield Senior Center and I92 Ministries, a Lenawee County-based organization working to feed the hungry here and in Haiti.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. giving folks time to register and put initial bids on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets. The Blitz Raffle drawing, dinner and game table drawings take place from 6:30-8 p.m. At 8 p.m. is when the main event takes place with the live auction with Anderson acting as auctioneer. Another Blitz Raffle and the silent auctions will also close during this time. And then there is the popular Heads & Tails competition and the horse race to end the evening.
Several trips, sporting event tickets, gift certificates and local products are available for the live auction. Also original artwork from local artists will be auctioned off. An original painting of Blissfield landmarks by Carl Quinn will be on the auction block. Also a painting by Bob Billington depicting the Palmyra Hobo Race of 1924. Artwork by Ted Vassar and glass work from Mark Wagar will also be available.
The Auction is the service organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
The 27th annual Blissfield Rotary Auction on March 21 ushers in the spring season with a host of great items to buy that will help the club with both its local and international philanthropic endeavors.
“All the funds raised that night go directly back into the community and international efforts of Rotary,” event co-chair Andy Borchardt said.
Last year, the organization raised $70,000 in one night at the Blissfield event.
Borchardt said many donations along with sponsors such as the Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road Old Road Dinner Train, B-Town and TLC Credit Union have set up the framework for the event.
This year some of the larger items to be auctioned off by celebrity charity auctioneer and Toledo broadcaster Jerry Anderson include a Spartan Foods shopping spree, a 55-inch Vizio television, front row tickets to see Jason Aldean, Hot Passes to the August NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway and an original Bob Billington water color depicting an historical look at the main four corners of Blissfield’s downtown as well as a Michael Kors package.
There are 250 tickets sold to the event and there are a few left. They are available at Blissfield Insurance Agency. Individually they are $50 apiece and include dinner. Doors open at the Blissfield American Legion at 5:30 p.m. for registration, silent auction and a social hour followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction with Anderson at 8 p.m. For the complete story, please see the March 11, 2015, edition of The Advance.