Kiwanian and auctioneer Ray DeSloover added the mayor's
parking spot to the club's annual charity auction. A winning bid
would have won 30 days of free parking in the mayor's spot outside
Nancy Taggart / Register Photographer
By Bill Robinson
Register News Writer
Mayor Connie Lawson was headed out of town Saturday and was unable to keep the Richmond Kiwanis Club from putting her City Hall parking space up for auction.
The high bid for her reserved space was up to $45 when the mayor learned that her space was in jeopardy. She called City Commissioner Bill Strong with an urgent message to get to the annual charity auction taking place at City Hall and save her parking space.
Strong placed a $100 bid on the space that proved to be enough to keep the mayor from having to park on the street.
"This club just doesn't show much appreciation for the city," said Kiwanian David Harkleroad. "City government gives them free use of City Hall for this auction every year, but they almost always try to pull something. Two years ago the Kiwanians tried to auction off a ladder they found in a city hall closet, and this year they tried to sell the mayor's parking space."
All kidding aside, Adam Poff, who chaired this year's auction, said the club appreciates the city's support of the annual charity auction that raises funds for local youth program.
Items auctioned this year included Dolly Parton memorabilia, which the country star donated to the city after her concert late last year to be sold for charitable causes.
Many local businesses donated merchandise and services to be auctioned.
They included a home security system, a La-Z-Boy chair, a vacuum cleaner and two used cars.
The Kiwanians hoped to raise $10,000 from the auction, Poff said.
"We won't know for a couple of days how much money the auction cleared," he said.
"Thanks to the generosity of everyone who donated or purchased items, I believe we will make or exceed the goal."
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·Read Around the WorldThis event celebrates one-on-one reading to children. Your February Kiwanis magazine will include a feature article about how clubs have expanded their Read Around the World programs to ensure an enduring impact on children in their communities. For Read Around the World information, contact Kiwanis International, Branded Programs; phone, 800-875-8755, x211; e-mail, email@example.com; Web site, http://www.kiwanis.org/ServiceProjects/ReadAroundtheWorld/tabid/284/Default.aspx
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness MonthThis month educates consumers, patients, and professionals regarding the need for early diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. For information, contact Frederic S. Mayer, president, Pharmacists Planning Service Inc., 101 Lucas Valley Road, #210, San Rafael, California 94903; phone, 415-479-8628; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site, www.ppsinc.org.
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Music in Our Schools MonthThe goal of this observance is to increase public awareness of the importance of music education as part of a balanced curriculum. Additional information and awareness items are available. For information, contact Deidre Healy, manager of Special Programs, Music Educators National Conference, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191; phone, 800-336-3768; Web site, www.menc.org.
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