By Kristin Bednarski
The Batavia Rotary Club raised more than $4,000 during its first annual charity auction April 13.
“We were very pleased with it,” Joel T. Wilson, Rotary member and one of the auctioneers at the event, said. “It exceeded our expectations for our first adventure having a separate auction for Rotary.”
Wilson said at one point they had about 85 people in the room for the auction. He said some of the highlight items were the trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and helicopter rides at Lunken Airport.
Other items included a Keurig coffee maker, gift certificates, a variety of gift baskets, artwork, tickets to Cincinnati Reds games, bicycles, and more.
“The whole thing brought in a little more than $4,000,” Wilson said.
George Brown, also a Rotary Club member and auctioneer, said he though the auction went very well.
“This event laid the foundation to make this a great annual event,” Brown said.
Money raised at the auction will go toward providing scholarships for local students at Clermont Northeastern and Batavia school districts.
“Our goal is to help future leaders in our county with the scholarship fund,” Michael Enriquez, president of the Batavia Rotary Club, said.
The auction was also a celebration of the Batavia Rotary Club’s 75th anniversary.
Rotary Club District Governor Peter Weiglin presented Enriquez with a plaque honoring the 75th anniversary of the club at the event.
For more information about the Batavia Rotary Club, visit www.batavia-rotary.org.