Presque Isle Rotary Club first-ever on-line auction now live;
TV auction broadcast set for November 24
 
Aroostook County Child Advocacy Center
and six other projects to benefit from funds raised
 
Aroostook County -  A seven-decade tradition has taken a big leap into the 21st century.  For the first time ever, the Presque Isle Rotary Club has taken part of its annual auction on-line.
 
Nearly 500 items valued at more than $50,000, donated from businesses and organizations across Aroostook County and beyond, can now be viewed, and are open for bidding, on the 71st Annual Rotary Auction website at www.greggauctions.com.  In addition to the on-line component, a live Auction broadcast is planned for Saturday, November 24, between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on WAGM-TV's Fox affiliate station (channel 12 for area Spectrum Cable subscribers) and will be simultaneously webcast on wagmtv.com.
 
The televised auction will feature 288 items, including a number of first-time offerings.  These products and services, along with more than 200 others featured exclusively on-line, are now open for bidding on the Gregg Auctions website under the “Up Coming Auctions” tab.  Visitors to the site can place bids on both the on-line only and combination on-line/TV Auction broadcast items. 
 
Featured products and services on the link for combined on-line/TV Auction will close as noted on the countdown under the item on the website.  That time corresponds with when bidding on the featured item will close during the TV Auction.  During the broadcast, bidders will be able to place their bids both on-line through the website or by calling 207-554-5153.  All bidding on the over 200 items exclusively on-line will remain open until December 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
 
“We are so pleased to add this new on-line feature to our Auction,” said 71st Annual Rotary Auction Chair Clint Deschene.  “It will not only be very convenient for bidders, but will expand bidding to a much larger audience.  The partnership with both Gregg Auctions and WAGM-TV has made this new format possible.  We encourage everyone to go on-line and get bidding and to tune in on November 24 for our six-hour TV Auction Broadcast!”
 
Proceeds from the 71st Annual Rotary Auction will support worthy projects of six community non-profit organizations: Presque Isle ATV Club, Hope & Justice Project, Presque Isle High School Athletic Boosters, Friends of Aroostook, Grace Interfaith Food Table and United Way of Aroostook.  Each of the organizations, and their projects, will be featured during the televised auction.
 
 
 
 
In addition to benefitting the proceed partners, the televised Rotary Auction will provide community members the opportunity to learn more about, and pledge their financial support to, this year’s Community Project, which is the newly developed Aroostook County Child Advocacy Center.  The CAC, serving all of northern Maine, is operated by AMHC and is located in Fort Fairfield on ground level of the Northern Light Health Center at 23 High Street.  It provides service and support to children who are victims of sexual abuse who would otherwise have multiple interviews and would need to travel to southern Maine for examinations.
This is the second consecutive year that the Presque Isle Rotary Club and Presque Isle Kiwanis Club partner to support a joint Community Project.  Last year, the two civic organizations, along with United Way of Aroostook and the City of Presque Isle, raised funds and created a new playground at Presque Isle’s Riverside Park.  Presque Isle Kiwanians, with support of Rotarians, held a first-ever Gala event last month to raise funds for the CAC.  Rotarians will have Kiwanians join them, as they did last year, during the TV Auction broadcast on November 24 to encourage donors to contribute to the CAC.
“We are so pleased to again be partnering with our Kiwanis friends to bring another important community project that will benefit children to life,” said 2018-2019 Presque Isle Rotary Club President Jason Parent.  “The Child Advocacy Center will create a ‘one-stop’ process where trained staff will perform a single interview of the traumatic experience faced by a child that can be shared with all necessary law enforcement and social support providers, without requiring a round-trip drive of over 250-plus miles. 
Proceeds from donors who call in and make a contribution to the joint Rotary/Kiwanis Community Project will assist the CAC in completing carpeting in the new facility, purchasing a conference room table, purchasing items for children that are at the center, and kits/consumables that their funding won’t support at first.  The funding support should provide the Aroostook CAC the remaining necessary pieces to become fully accredited which, in turn, will open up additional funding.
For more information on the 71st Annual Rotary Auction, contact Deschene at deschenec@sad1.org.  To inquire about the Community Project to support the new Aroostook County Child Advocacy Center or to donate to the project prior to, or after, the Rotary TV Auction broadcast, contact Lydia Christie, AMHC Sexual Assault Services program coordinator, at 207-498-6431 or lchristie@amhc.org.