Kiwanis Club of Richmond Conducts 36th Annual Auction

Special thanks are due to those who provided exceptional support of this auction held on Saturday, April 14, 2007.

Thanks to Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson and City Manager David Evans for their continuing support of the auction by providing city hall for the auction and support in so many additional ways.

Thanks to the Richmond Register for their coverage both before and after the auction. Following is a photograph and story from the Richmond Register:


Madison County Sheriff Nelson O'Donnell handcuffs Kiwanian and auctioneer Ray DeSloover, right, after he sold a ladder marked "City of Richmond Codes Enforcement Office," to Darlene Noble, second from left, during the Richmond Kiwanis Club's annual charity action Saturday at City Hall. Kiwanis Club President David Harkleroad, center, is also pictured. Nancy Taggart / Register Photographer

Auctioneer avoids 'arrest' at Kiwanis event

By Bill Robinson
Register News Writer

You could call it a case of aggressive law enforcement catching up with an over-zealous auctioneer.

The Richmond Kiwanis Club's annual charity auction was briefly interrupted by some high drama around midday Saturday.

For several years, the event has originated from City Hall's commission chambers, enabling live cable television coverage.

Unfortunately for Kiwanian and auctioneer Ray DeSloover, a city-owned step ladder got mixed in with merchandise donated for the auction.

Although it was clearly marked "City of Richmond Codes Enforcement Office," the enthusiastic DeSloover had gotten bids for the ladder up to $130 before Madison County Sheriff Nelson O'Donnell arrived on the scene and stopped the bidding.

"Fortunately, I managed to stop the bidding before it got up to $300," O'Donnell said with a straight face. "That kept the offense from becoming a felony."

The fast-talking auctioneer seemed stunned as the even faster-moving sheriff slapped a set of handcuffs on DeSloover and led him away for questioning.

After placing her bid by telephone, an unsuspecting Darlene Noble arrived at City Hall just in time to get nabbed by the sheriff.

Before DeSloover and Noble could be lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, however, City Manager David Evans arrived and told O'Donnell the city would not press charges. DeSloover had a long record of public service and charitable contributions, Evans told the sheriff.

"He even donated two tickets for Martin Short: An Evening with Friends at St. Mark Church," Evans said.

After being convinced of her innocence, O'Donnell also released Noble.

"It was all a misunderstanding," said Kiwanis Club President and former Richmond Police Chief David Harkleroad, who vouched for DeSloover's character.

"Ray is basically a decent fellow, he just gets carried away sometimes with the Kiwanis auction."

Noble was "an unsuspecting bystander who acted in good faith," Harkleroad said.

Mayor Connie Lawson took no offense at DeSloover's actions. She had donated a pair of tickets for next season's Kentucky vs. Florida basketball for the auction and kept them in the bidding.

After the comic relief of the near arrests, the auction continued.

Proceeds from the annual event go to Kiwanis-supported charities, said auction chair Patrick McMahon.

"The Kiwanis Club's main mission is to support community youth programs," he said. "We support the Reading is Fundamental program that provides free books for children to read each summer. We support youth athletic programs and projects for local schools' family resource centers among others causes."

The club also contributes to disaster relief efforts.

While it conducts other fund raising projects throughout the year, the annual spring auction is the club's biggest fund raiser, McMahon said.

"As they always do, local businesses and individuals generously donated a multitude of valuable items for the auction this year," he said. "Donated items and sponsorships, plus the many hours of volunteer labor by Kiwanis Club members make the auction a success. With a successful auction, we can help many worthwhile community programs."

The amount of funds raised would not be known until later in the week, McMahon said.

Bill Robinson can be reached at or at 623-1669, Ext. 267.

Source for the above Richmond Register story and photo at:

Thanks to Nancy Taggert, the Kentucky Press Association award-winning photojournalist for the Richmond Register, for taking photos for publication during the Kiwanis auction.

Thanks to radio stations WEKY 1340 AM and 1500 AM as well as Time Warner Cable Television for carrying this auction live on their media.

Special thanks to our corporate sponsors

Elizabeth Elkins Bond, Candidate for 25th District Judge

Coldwell Banker - Desloover Realty

Cumberland Valley National Bank

Peoples Bank of Madison County


Also special thanks to our timed sponsors

One and one-half hour sponsorship
Ridings Insurance/Financial Planning

One hour sponsorship
Michael and Phillis Adams ; The Allen Company; Mann Chrysler - Jeep - Dodge; McMahon and Burdett Appraisers; Prudential Don Foster Realtors; Marc Robbins Law Office; Stephen Smith; South Park Tool and Die, Inc.; and Total Comfort Corp.

One-half hour sponsorship
ABC Daycare and Learning Center; AHC Corporation (Winchester); Kent Clark; E F Foundation for Foreign Study High School Exchange; Foxglove Rentals; Ron House and Associates; Keyway Realty and Auction, Inc.; John Lackey, Attorney; Lanco Mortgage; Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson; Madison County Sheriff Nelson O'Donnell; Miller Payne Auction - Kevin Payne; Lora Noble - Keyway Realty and Auction, Inc.; Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home; Re/MAX Winners Circle - Kevin Payne, Owner;Robert Michael McCord, CPA; St. Andrews Retirement Community; World Finance Corp.; and Ed Worley, Kentucky State Senator.

Thanks to Ray Desloover for his exceptional auctioneering skills and his many contributions to the 36th Annual Kiwanis Auction.

Special thanks to McDonald's for providing breakfast and to Papa John's Pizza for providing lunch for the auction workers.

Thanks to Steve Bates Photograph for his donating a 16 x 20 print, to La-Z-Boy at Hamburg Place in Lexington for the first class recliner to Hays Furniture Store for the beautiful jewelry cabinet, and to Walmart for the 27 in Digital Television. Other special high-dollar items included two skills assessment by Sylvan Learning Center, a 6 month storage unit rental from the By Pass Storage, a Carrier Furnace Humidified by Superior Heating and Air, two Home Security Systems and installation (value $495) from Lainhart Security System, two tickets to "Martin Short: An Evening with Friends" at St. Mark Church from DeSloover Realty, and two tickets to the University of Kentucky vs. University of Florida 2007-2008 basketball game from Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson.

Thanks to the largest crowd of adults and children to ever attend the Kiwanis Auction at the Richmond City Hall.

Representatives of the Model School Key Club worked at the auction both in helping set up the auction on Friday evening and all day on Saturday. The above workers who helped set up on Friday were Ibrahim Jadoon, Julie Wedel, Ashley Brower and Mary Ellen Wimberly. Also helping, but not in photo, was Sarah Merlin, a special education teacher and adviser to the Key Club at Model School.

Special thanks to Tevi Garrison , a Model School Key Club member who had signed up to work for two hours and ended up working for the entire auction. Other Key Clubers who signed up to work at the auction were: Megan Brandenburg, Daniel DeCoste, Kim Franklin, Wesley Fulks, Joe Kidrowski, Brett Miller, Geoff Parker, Katelyn Robbins, Amelia Shew, and Chase Weitcamp

Dr. Ken Clawson, past governor of the Kentucky-Tennessee Kiwanis marked down the price of the items purchased and the number of the winning bidder before moving to the next item.

Ray Desloover and challenged a bidder to increase his bid on a three-month membership in YMCA and he would personally add $15 to the bid if club member Brandon Shively would do the YMCA dance. All agreed and Brandon did the dance.

Kiwanians worked the telephones taking bids throughout the day. At times the phone traffic was so great that members, like Bob Lilly had to take competing bids on two phones at the same time.

Elizabeth Robinson assists in describing items to be auctioned during her on-air stint.

Special thanks to those behind the scenes that make the auction work. Randy

The auction leadership team included (l. to r.) David Harkleroad, president of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond; Patrick McMahon, Chairman of the 36th Annual Kiwanis Auction, and Danny Damrel, treasurer of the Kiwanis Club who entered and tracked several hundred auction items on the computer and then settled up with the bidders at the conclusion of the auction.


Patrick McMahon, the 36th Annual Kiwanis Auction chair, arranges one of the hundreds of items donated to the club on the bidding table.

The Kiwanis Club of Richmond thanks the many local businesses and individuals supporting the auction and the bidders both at city hall an listening on radio stations WEKY 1340 AM and 1500 AM as well watching and bidding on Time Warner Cable Television.

Proceeds from past Kiwanis fund raiser have been used to support:

4-H Camps
4-H Youth Scholarships
Battle of Richmond Association - Historical Society
Be A Children's Champion
Boy Scouts of America
Court Appointed Special Advocates - CASA
Crusade for Children
Educational Talent Search Program
EKU Colonel Club
George Brown Key Club Student Scholarship
Girls Fast Pitch Softball Team
Habitat for Humanity
Home Meal Delivery
Madison High School Student Scholarship
Model High School Key Club
Model High School Student Scholarship
Nursing Home Christmas Gifts Project
Project Graduation - Madison Central High School
Project Graduation - Model High School
Project Read
Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Richmond Little League
Richmond Youth Football and Cheerleading
Richmond Children's Theater
Safety City
Salvation Army Angel Trees
Special Olympics
Telford YMCA
Trooper Island
YMCA Capital Campaign
Young Children Priority One
Youth Basketball Team
and many other activities

Individuals who purchased items at the auction but were unable to pick them up should contact Kiwanis Club President David Harkleroad at Coldwell Banker - DeSloover Realty to make arrangements for getting those items. He may be reached at 859-623-8385 (Home) or 859-582-3607 (Cell) or at this email address at:

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