Rotary auction brings 1920s fun to fundraiser

It was a roaring ’20s good time for Rotary Club of Maryville and Alcoa members and their guests during their annual gala auction at the Airport Hilton on Saturday, March 26.

Auction chair Jeff Eberting said that while totals raised weren’t yet available, the evening went well, and folks enjoyed good food, entertainment and the silent and live auctions.

“I think we did well. It was not as heavily attended as in past years, but nevertheless, all the items sold, and I think people had a really great time,” he said.

Eberting said it was the first time in a few years that the auction organizers had live entertainment. “We had a Charleston swing-type band,” he said. “I think everyone liked the 1920s-era music.”

The auction chair said there were some hotly contested silent and live auction items. “Some of the silent bid sheets had long lists of people competing over the items. Items you thought weren’t going to be hot, were. You just never know,” he said. “Steve Samples does a great job as an auctioneer for the live auction and was able to inject a lot of energy and excitement into it.”

Eberting said meal was delicious. “We didn’t change the menu much from last year. The carved beef was fantastic, and everyone enjoyed the dinner,” he said.

The auction chair said this fundraiser for both the Alcoa and Maryville Rotary clubs generates money used to fund several projects both locally and globally. “This funds scholarships and also initiatives like our global water project,” he said.

Fellow committee members included Alcoa club members Holly Doane, David Gill, Andy TenEyck, Don Moore, Jennifer Hill and Will Ludwig along with Alcoa club members Ron German, Anna Shugart, Donna Dickerson and Jackie Hill.

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