60TH ANNUAL KENOSHA ROTARY RADIO AUCTION
SUNDAY, FEB 17TH AND 24TH, 2013!
LIVE FROM THE KEMPER CENTER
BID ON HUNDREDS OF ITEMS
SEE A COMPLETE LISTING IN THE HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE
LISTEN LIVE ON AM 1050 WLIP FROM 12P-4P
THE ANNUAL WLIP-ROTARY RADIO AUCTION
A 60-YEAR, MILLION DOLLAR KENOSHA ROTARY CLUB FOUNDATION
THIS LIVE AUCTION
SELLS ITEMS OVER THE RADIO BY TELEPHONE BID
FROM PRE-ADVERTISED LISTS and is
STAFFED BY ROTARIAN “AUCTIONEERS”
A major fund-raiser for the Kenosha Rotary Club Foundation, the “WLIP Rotary Radio Auction”
celebrates its 60th year in 2013. It earns some $30,000.00 annually, now totaling over $1,000,000,
for grants to non-profit groups serving Kenosha County, Wisconsin residents.
(Kenosha Rotary, Club #2736 is in District 6270.)
Held annually in February for 8 hours on the air on two consecutive Sundays from 12 noon until 4 P.M., the Club’s event has about 95% membership participation for over 800 hours of Club service time recorded. The event has been co-sponsored for 58 years by WLIP 1050 AM Radio http://www.wlip.com. We have over 1,500 registered bidders.
The radio station donates the eight hours of air time as well as lead-in promotional spots in cooperation with Happenings Magazine http://www.happeningsmag.com which is our print sponsor. Kemper Center provides the use of facilities for the live broadcasts, with Mobile One US Cellular providing call back phones. All expenses are donated or paid by the Club separately from any auction money earned, so ALL dollars paid by bidders are granted by the Kenosha Rotary Foundation.
Rotarians solicit items of current retail value of over $100 to be listed in Happenings with an item number and the hour in which they will be sold. These listings ads run as least twice in full in Happenings Magazine and maybe more. Each item’s description and sponsor are read on the air during the hour of sale and listeners phone in their bids to our Rotary volunteer telephone bid takers. Other volunteers then post the bids on an hourly sales board, and Rotarian auctioneers read the bids on the air until each item is sold.
In addition, larger value items are sold on premium or special “boards” that are held open for bids for more than one hour and may be sold at a certain time (i.e.; end of hour, end of day, or end of auction), and carry special advertising. Savings Bonds, which make excellent bid generators, are sold each hour and may also be offered to members in blocks at or over the $50 face value.
Food and drink certificates along with the bonds and specialty store certificates are popular items, usually bringing full market price or more. The average item sells at about 70% of its realistic market-selling price.
Successful bidders are called back in the next hour and the sale verified. If an error occurs, the item can be renumbered and offered again.
The high bidder (buyer) will be told to go to our participating financial institution, where the buyer pays the Kenosha Rotary Foundation account, and receives the certificate or paid voucher and instructions on where to pick up the item. We accept Visa and MasterCard.
About 3% of the sold items are not paid for and are re-auctioned at a Club meeting later in the year (about 60 days after the auction), usually maintaining the typical bid price.
The funds are advertised as available in March and non-profit groups are encouraged to write-in for an application. Upon filing, the applications are reviewed and graded by a grant committee and forwarded to the Kenosha Rotary Foundation Board for awards that are distributed in June.
The auction provides continuing worthwhile service to the community. Checks are presented at a Club or agency meeting and photographs are sent with news releases to area newspapers and newsletters.
Previous auctions have provided support to Kenosha County charities including:
ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS
ASSOCIATION FOR RETARDED
BAIN SCHOOL SAFE NIGHT
BOY SCOUT RESCUE SQUAD
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
C Y C
C Y O
CP RESPITE CARE
ECLA URBAN OUTREACH
EVERY CHILD’S PLACE
FAMILY & AGING AGENCY
FOSTER PARENTS ASSN
H.E.C. UNIFIED SCHOOLS
K A C
KENOSHA AREA FAMILY & AGING
K I N
K Y F DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
KEMPER CENTER RESTORATION
KENOSHA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE
KENOSHA SAFE HOUSE
KINSHIP OF KENOSHA
MEALS ON WHEELS
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY
PIPES & DRUMS
REUTHER CENTRAL HIGH
RHODE OPERA HOUSE
ROTARY SAFETY CENTER
ROTARY TOT PARK
TWIN LAKES FOOD PANTRY
W G T D EARS
WAYBRIDGE HALFWAY HOUSE
WoMENs & CHILDRENS HORIZONS
Y M C A MIRACLE FIELD
...AND MORE, FOR ABOUT $30,000.00 ANNUALLY.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
KENOSHA ROTARY FOUNDATION
PO Box 577, Kenosha WI 53141