The Christmas Charity Auction is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Paducah Kiwanis Club. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go back into the community to serve local children and promote education. Last year, the event raised $25,000.
“The Annual Christmas Auction is one of the most exciting fundraisers of the year,” said Mason DeJarnett, Vice President of Kiwanis and Christmas Auction Coordinator. “The energy in the room is electric and everyone is there for one cause – to help the children in our community.” The goal this year is to raise $35,000 towards bettering children’s’ lives in the area.
The Christmas Auction will offer both live auction and silent items, appetizers, and a fun and festive atmosphere. There will be over 100 auction items including condo getaways to places such as Seven Devil, North Carolina and Gulf Shores, Alabama. Other items are ‘date nights’, distillery tours, and sports tickets. There will be a cash bar available.
While already having an impressive selection of auction items, the event is still accepting donations. To donate an item, contact Mason DeJarnett at Mason.DeJarnett@FabickCAT.com
The auction will be held at the Carson Center on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. It will begin at 6 pm and end around 9 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the event’s Facebook page: “Kiwanis Club of Paducah 79th Annual Charity Christmas Auction” or at Allstate Insurance, 2920 Lone Oak Rd., Suite 1, BBQ & More located at 321 Broadway, or online at Eventbrite.com, keywords “Kiwanis Christmas Auction in Paducah”.
You can reserve your tickets here. Reserved tables are also available for $1,000.
The money raised through the Christmas Auction is combined with funds generated at BBQ on the River, as well as Easter and July 4th Ham sales. It all goes back into the community and provides $18,000 in educational scholarships for local high school seniors and funding to Paducah Day Nursery, Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club of Paducah, Beyond Uganda, MCHS Drama Club, WKCTCS programs, Family Service Society and many others.
“More than $48,000 was donated last year in an effort to fulfill the Kiwanis mission of serving the children of the world by helping one child, and one community, at a time,” said Kelly Davis, Kiwanis member and Member Services Director for Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kiwanis does a lot of great work, and behind every scholarship check that makes a student’s college dream a reality is a group of dedicated members who work non-stop. The Paducah Kiwanis Club wants to invite more people to be involved in this organization.
They meet weekly on Thursdays from 12p.m. to 1 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church at 701 Broadway in downtown Paducah. Visitors and prospective members are welcome and first time visitors get a free lunch! For more information on their meetings and principles, visit paducahkiwanis.com/ or their Facebook page.
For almost 80 years, The Kiwanis Club of Paducah has supported the community through generous donations. The club's mission statement mirrors that of Kiwanis International: Their purpose is to improve the quality of life for children and families worldwide, but in particular, those within their communities. The Kiwanis Club of Paducah supports children through scholarships, grants, and donations to organizations such as Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club of Paducah, and the Paducah Day Nursery.