The Lincoln County Rotary Club will host its 21st Annual Auction for Education this week.
According to Auction Chair Dr. Becky Reavis, the Lincoln County Rotary Student Loan Fund’s main objective is to assist Lincoln County residents in continuing their post-high school education by offering low-interest student loans.
“The auction has truly become something that many members of the community look forward to,” Reavis said.
Unlike some student loans that require the recipient to be a traditional high school senior, all Lincoln County residents interested in pursuing an education at two- or four-year college are eligible recipients for the loans provided through the Lincoln County Rotary Auction for Education. Selected recipients have pursued myriad disciplines and professions over the years, and many have returned to Lincoln County after graduation to contribute to the community.
According to Reavis, more than 1,700 students have received loans through the program and more than $4 million has been raised for loans over the years.
“The loan amount awarded does vary every year, but over the past few years, recipients have received $3,000,” Reavis said.
Since its inception in 1993, the auction has consistently offered its participants a diverse range of items to bid on.
“Last year, we had a potbelly pig, and we generally auction puppies every year,” she said. “Most years, Timken donates a car or a van as well.”
Other popular items auctioned in the past include vacation get-away packages, signed Panthers and UNC-Chapel Hill merchandise, yoga classes, comprehensive wellness exams, acupuncture packages, loads of mulch and gravel and traditional jug pottery.
Traditionally, the most expensive auction item has been the comprehensive orthodontist package from Austin Orthodontics, with winning bids between $4,000 and $6,000. This year, however, the business plans to offer an Invisalign package.
“Austin Orthodontics has been a longtime sponsor, and we’re very excited about their new contribution,” Reavis said.
This year’s corporate sponsor is Piedmont Companies. A previous sponsor of the organization’s 20th anniversary gala celebration, this is the first year Piedmont Companies has sponsored the auction.
“Piedmont Companies is truly invested in promoting higher education and helping Lincoln County students reach their goals,” Reavis said.
The 21st Auction for Education will be held at the James W. Warren Citizens Center on April 10, 11 and 12. The auction will run from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday and from 6-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A live auction will be held for items valued at more than $150, and a silent auction will be held for lesser-valued items. Those attending can also enjoy the auction’s annual café and various give-a-ways. For those who are unable to attend, the auction will be televised on Charter Media on Channels 190 and 191 as well as broadcasted live at rotarylinc.org, allowing interested parties to call in and bid from home. Admission is free to the public.