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Kiwanis online auction ends tonight

By Toni Milbourne - For the Chronicle | May 7, 2021

A gift bag with a $50 gift certificate, jewelry cleaner and special chocolate disc was donated for the auction by Christian Caine Design. Courtesy photo

SHEPHERDSTOWN — As concerns still exist over the potential spread of the coronavirus, the Shepherdstown Kiwanis Club has opted to once again host a virtual auction rather than the annual live event.

Traditionally, the club hosts a live Children’s Benefit Auction each May to support and encourage youth in a variety of organizations.

Fundraising efforts benefit the youth in the club’s sponsored leadership programs, which include the Circle K of Shepherd University, the Key Club of Jefferson High School, The Builders Club of Wildwood Middle School and the K-Kids of T.A. Lowery Elementary School. In addition, the club also supports such organizations as the Shepherdstown Day Care Center and the Jefferson County 4-H Association. A scholarship is given each year to a local high school student who plans to attend Shepherd University, as well. The scholarship is given in the memory of Kiwanis Charter Member Paul M. Saab.

The auction began earlier this week and culminates tonight at 8 p.m. with final bids being accepted. Bidders must be over 21 years-of-age. The items for bidding can be found on the Kiwanis Club of Shepherdstown On-Line Auction Facebook page and bids can be placed in the comment section. The highest bid posted by the 8 p.m. closing time will win the item. Winners are then able to pick up their items at Kohl’s parking lot on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Items in this year’s auction range from battery powered candles to tickets to Shepherd School of Music concerts. A variety of framed pictures are available for bid as are themed lots of tools, books and beanie babies.

All items have been donated for the auction and bidders can attempt to bid the highest dollar to gain a River Riders certificate good for four at the Aerial Adventure Park. For those who would like a get-away, bids can be made on tickets to see Queen Esther at Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa. or on a week-long vacation at Massanutten Resort for up to six guests.

For more information on the Shepherdstown Kiwanis Club, one can visit their Facebook page, which is separate from the auction page.