Kiwanis Club of Richmond Conducts 37th Annual Auction

Special thanks are due to those who provided exceptional support of this auction held on Saturday, April 12, 2008.

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

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

Click here to see Richmond Register newspaper coverage of the Kiwanis Auction

Richmond Register Photographer Nancy Taggert takes a photo of County Attorney Marc Robbins after he has purchased the "Sheriff''s Chair" at the 37th annual Kiwanis Auction.

Going once, going twice

By Bill Robinson
Register News Writer

Madison County Sheriff Nelson O'Donnell was on vacation and missed the annual Richmond Kiwanis Club auction Saturday.

When he returns to his office, however, he will find something missing -- his high-back desk chair.

Kiwanian David Harkleroad, a former Richmond police chief, said he did not know how the sheriff's chair managed to get from the sheriff's office in the courthouse annex to Richmond City Hall, where the auction was carried live on Time-Warner cable (and WEKY-AM).

For most of Saturday morning, the high bids for the chair came from inmates of the Madison County Detention Center, who pooled their resources, Harkleroad said. Their last bid was $120.

"If the inmates had won the bid, I'm not sure if they would have been able to come pick up their purchase. I sure wasn't going to deliver it to the jail and end up becoming an inmate myself," he said. "I still remember last year's auction when Sheriff O'Donnell came close to hauling auctioneer Ray DeSloover off to jail for trying to sell one of the city's stepladders that was sitting in a corner of City Hall."

County Attorney Marc Robbins sent in a bid of $120 Saturday to keep the inmates from claiming the sheriff's chair.

Robbins' daughter Katelyn, one of several Model Laboratory School Key Club members who helped with the auction, kept him informed by text messages as he attended the county Democratic Party's convention one block away at the courthouse.

"I knew the sheriff's chair would be a steal at $120," Robbins said when he got to City Hall. "Nelson hasn't spent much time sitting in his desk chair. He's usually out rounding up offenders."

Even if the sheriff redeems his chair, Robbins said he would still let the Kiwanis Club cash his $120 check.

"The Kiwanis Club does a lot of good work for our community," he said.

DeSloover seemed not to have learned anything from his brush with the law last year. He auctioned off a fiberglass stepladder that was sitting in the corner of City Hall's commission chamber. It sold for $75.

"Mayor Connie Lawson has known me for nearly 35 years," DeSloover said.

"She should know better than to let city employees leave a nice ladder like that sitting around when I'm going to be working the Kiwanis Club auction."

"I don't know how Ray gets away with this stuff," Harkleroad said. "I guess you could call him the Teflon auctioneer."

Auction coordinator John Reed said the Kiwanis Club appreciated free use of City Hall for the auction. "Because it has seating for our audience and has a cable television camera, the commission chamber is a perfect place for the auction," he said. "The city also donated a season pass for an individual and a family for Paradise Cove for the auction, and we are truly grateful for the support of city government and to all the individuals and businesses who donated items and services for the auction."

A report on how much money the auction realized would not be ready until late Monday, he said.

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

Source for the above Richmond Register story and photo at:

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Special thanks to our corporate sponsors

Coldwell Banker - DeSloover Realty

Cumberland Valley National Bank

Toyota South

Thanks to Elizabeth Robinson for providing Brownies which Tammy Harkleroad is about to sample.

Also special thanks to our hourly sponsors and to McDonald's for providing breakfast, to Starbucks for providing coffee, and to Papa John's Pizza for providing lunch for the auction workers.

Thanks to the largest crowd of adults and children to ever attend the Kiwanis Auction at the Richmond City Hall. Bidders formed a line after the auction to pay for their items. The proceeds from the sale of items go to supporting Kiwanis community activities. Click here to see a list of community activities supported by Richmond Kiwanians.

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 Model School Key Club members that assisted in the auction were: Katelyn Robbins, Senior, Key Club Co-President; Ibrahim Jadoon, Junior, Key Club Co-VP; Rachel Bilter, Sophomore; Aubrey Gillespie, Sophomore; Abey Hatfield, Sophomore; Alex LeForge, Junior; Andrea Stipes, Sophomore; Lauren Vescio, Junior and Sarah Merlin, Model School Special Education teacher and adviser to the Model School Key Club.

One of the major jobs at the auction is cataloging and organizing lots of items to be auctioned. Here Kiwanian Tammy Harkelroad sets up lots to be taken into the auction room.

Kiwanian Club President Adam Poff (left) and Treasurer Danny Damrel (right) worked the telephones taking bids throughout the day.

John Reed, Chairman of the 37th Annual Kiwanis Auction, and Danny Damrel, treasurer of the Kiwanis Club discuss organization of the auction. This was John Reed's first auction and he spent considerable time as the auction chairman in organizing this 37th annual auction. The club appreciates his extra effort.

Elizabeth Robinson and Ray DeSloover describe items to be auctioned (left photo) and Ray DeSloover introduces a City of Richmond ladder to be auctioned.

Special thanks to those behind the scenes that make the auction work. Randy was in charge of the television production.

Kiwanians Beth Thompson (left) and Bob Lilly and Bob Nayle (right) were some of the many who introduced items throughout the day

Beth Thompson waits for a phone bid on the "Sheriff's Chair." The high bid at this point was from inmates at the Madison County Detention Center.

Ray DeSloover points and encourages bidders on the "Sheriff's Chair" to increase their bids.

Thanks to Ray DeSloover for his exceptional auctioneering skills and his many contributions to the 37th Annual Kiwanis Auction.

Ray DeSloover aggresively encourages a bidder in the audience to increase their bids for kids.

Kiwanians who participated in setting up and running and also obtaining sponsorships and items for the 37th Annual Kiwanis Auction were: Jack Bisping. Retired Lt. Col., U.S. Army; Danny Damrel, Realtor, Coldwell Banker / DeSloover Realty; Ray Desloover. Realtor/Broker/Owner, Coldwell Banker / DeSloover Realty; Dave Harkleroad, Sales Representative, Coldwell Banker / DeSloover Realty; Tammy Harkleroad; Dr. Glen Kleine, retired EKU Dean and Professor Emeritus; Joan Kleine, Retired Madison County School Teacher; Bob Lilly. VP and Mortgage Specialist, Cumberland Valley National Bank; Ben McPherson, Sales, Francis & Schennberg Realty; Dr. Kim A. Naugle. EKU Associate Dean; Dr. Robert Nayle, Retired EKU Professor Emeritus; Lora Noble, Broker/Realtor, Coldwell Banker / DeSloover Realty; Adam  Poff, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones; John Reed, Realtor, Coldwell Banker / DeSloover Realty; Earl Rhodes, Retired Real Estate Broker, SRA, N. E. Rhodes, Co.; Helen Rhodes; Elizabeth Robinson, Agent, Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance; Dr. Morris Taylor, Retired EKU Professor Emeritus; and Beth Thompson, EKU Director, Educational Talent Search.

Also following Kiwanians were involved in obtaining sponsorships and items for the auction: Phillis Adams, Head Start Director, Kentucky River Foothills; Brenda Blankenship, Retired Purchasing Agent; Robert Blythe, City Commissioner and Pastor; Dr. Christopher Boni, Chiropractor; Dr. Ken Clawson, Retired EKU Professor Emeritus; Elbert Hudson, Retired - Superintendent of Schools, Lee County, KY; Todd Maggard, Manager, Wal-Mart Supercenter; Bruce E. Nichols, Vice President, National City Bank; P. Jared Noble, CPA and Principal, Craft, Noble and Company, PLLC; Charles Shelby, Retired Executive Vice President, Marketing, Commonwealth Life Insurance Co.; Brandon Shively, Commercial Lender, Community Trust Bank; Jack Taylor, Retired County Extension Agent, Agriculture, Knox County; Coleman Turpin , Owner , Turpin Funeral Home.

Individuals who purchased items at the auction but were unable to pick them up should contact Kiwanis Club Past 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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