Rotary auction to raise funds for CancerCare of Maine

Posted May 02, 2013, at 10:53 a.m.

OLD TOWN — Skybox tickets to a UMaine hockey game, a work party by Old Town Rotarians, a family membership to the Old Town-Orono YMCA and a two-day bounce house rental are just a few of the items that will be up for bid at the Old Town Rotary Club’s seventh annual charity auction at 6 p.m.Thursday, May 2, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The club expects to have 60 to 75 auction items, including a wide variety of merchandise, handcrafted items, services, and vacation and recreation opportunities.

Proceeds will benefit Sarah’s House, a home-away-from-home for cancer patients receiving treatment at CancerCare of Maine and other Rotary charities.

The evening will begin with a prime rib or chicken dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. The live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m. The celebrity auctioneer will be Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap.

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

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

Also among the items that will be auctioned off are food items from Rotarians or friends of Rotary, including pies.

Other items will include an Amish rocker, Maine blueberries, four 18-hole rounds of golf at Hidden Meadows Golf Course, a session using the Trackman III golf shot analyzer at Hidden Meadows, rental of a 10-foot by 10-foot storage unit, tools, many restaurant and merchandise gift certificates, lube and oil changes, legal services, and quantities of loam, gravel, firewood, and heating oil.

Last year’s auction raised approximately $14,000 for the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association and other Rotary charities.

The goal of Sarah’s House is to provide a place where cancer patients receiving treatment at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Cancer Care of Maine facility in Brewer can stay and feel at home without incurring major hotel expenses.

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