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Kiwanis gearing up for auction

For at least 31 years, the Winchester Kiwanis Club has filled the airwaves to auction items of all price ranges.

This year, the club’s annual auction begins Thursday night at Central Baptist Church.

Club member Russ Morrison said there are about 300 items available this year ranging from gift certificates up to an ASUS Republic of Gamers laptop computer specially built for online gaming.

“It’s faster than I can deal with,” he said. “From there, we’ve got a lot of gift certificates. We’ve got floral arrangements, chiropractor visits, teeth cleanings. We have a pair of Tiffany sunglasses.”

There’s also a University of Kentucky basketball autographed by coach John Calipari.

While those are some of the higher-end items, Morrison said there are plenty of more affordable things. Many of the items can be viewed at www.winchester.portalbuzz.com, he said.

The auction will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the auction resumes at 10 a.m. and ends when the last item is sold.

The auction is the club’s signature event, he said, and is often the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Last year’s auction raised about $12,000.

The auction will be broadcast live on cable channel 5, WKYN 107.7 FM and streamed at www.winchesterkiwanis.com.

All bidding will be over the phone. To bid, call 737-3841 during auction hours. The phone number will not be active outside of the auction times.

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