Nov. 23—Get your money ready because the hottest winter auction in town will collect dollars to clothe children in need this Christmas season right after the turkey has settled in our stomachs.
A hallmark Christmas tradition in the community will kick off on Monday as Duncan Rotary hosts its annual auction to raise funds to purchase clothes for children in need.
The weeklong auction, back in its 65th year, will run from 6:30 — 10:30 p.m. each night, Monday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 2. The funds raised during the weeklong community event help provide warm clothes and shoes for well over 350 Duncan elementary students, as well as college scholarships for Duncan High graduates, among other charitable opportunities.
All items, goods and services available in the auction, ranging from small to large and everything in between, were donated from the community as well as local businesses.
Packet leaders have worked hard in recent weeks to collect goods and donations and as a result, Duncan's Rotary Club is ready to go live as it has since the Jaycees started the radio auction in 1957. Now under Rotary stewardship, the auction has routinely been the week after Thanksgiving, Monday through Friday.
After the profits are calculated, then children who applied and were found in need will go on a Shopping Day with their guardian and Rotary members help get them checked out and clothed for this winter season.
The annual auction in the past aired on Sparklight Channel 60. Because of switches with the Sparklight Company, returning again this year will be the livestream via the Rotary Christmas Auction Facebook page, the website www.Duncanauction.org or the Rotary YouTube channel. The only way to bid, however, is to call in to the hotline at 580-255-3733.
Each item number will contain a letter that refers to the night it's intended to sell. Items can be bid on at anytime, but the item will only come on screen during its respective night. This cuts down on confusion and allows announcers to focus on selling what they currently have on screen. The actual time and date items are pronounced sold will be up to the producers and time constraints.
Pick up times are anytime during the live auction and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3.
A list of items that will be available during the auction can be found in the Weekend Edition, Nov. 26-27, 2022, of The Duncan Banner, as well as online at www.Duncanauction.org.