A block of six Skybox tickets to a UMaine hockey game, a work party by Old Town Rotarians, a child’s airplane swing, and two pair of Red Sox tickets are just a few of the items that will be up for bid at the Old Town Rotary Club’s 9th annual charity auction on Thursday, May 7, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Old Town.

The club expects to have about 75 live auction items and an equal number of silent auction items, including a wide variety of merchandise, handcrafted items, services, and vacation and recreation opportunities.

Proceeds will benefit the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association, the Old Town Animal Orphanage, and the Friends of the Millinocket Library, which is raising finds to keep the library open after funding from the town was cut off.

The auction will also benefit other Rotary charities, including Sarah’s House, a cancer respite house in Holden that was the dream of the late Sarah Robinson, an Old Town Rotarian who died of brain cancer in 2011 at the age of 26.

The evening will start with a dinner of prime rib or chicken from 5 to 6 p.m., along with viewing of auction items. The live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap as the celebrity auctioneer.

In addition to the live auction, there will be a silent auction, a variety of door prizes, and a card game.

The cost is $15 per person. Tickets are available at Gossamer Press in Old Town, or from any Old Town Rotarian.

Among the items that will be auctioned off are several food items from Rotarians or friends of Rotary, including a “Delicious Dessert,” “Scrumptious Sweets,” a “Lip-Smacking Treat,” a “Palate Pleasing Pie,” and other homemade desserts.

Other auction items include quantities of gravel, loam, mulch, and cement, boxes of Maine blueberries; lube and oil changes, an original painting, and gift certificates for lodging, meals, merchandise, and 18 holes of golf for four with carts. .

More auction items are coming in every day. An up-to-date listing of auction items can be found at the Old Town Rotary Club’s website,www.oldtownrotary.org.

Last year’s auction raised about $14,000 for Sarah’s House and other Rotary charities.


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