Rotary Club Holiday Auction raises $3,000 for Boys & Girls Club
The Rotary Club of Merrill hosted their annual Holiday Auction on Dec. 12, 2023, raising $3,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Merrill.
Rotary President Michael Southcombe, Pastor at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, led the meeting. But it was the captivating performance of auctioneer Carl Thoerin that truly ignited the hour. As one of only three attendees present who also witnessed the very first auction in 1974, Carl brought a unique perspective and infectious enthusiasm to his role. His engaging manner and entertaining banter had bidders vying for items, often digging a little deeper for just one more bid under his skillful encouragement.
“Carl’s passion and energy were truly contagious,” said Rob Moore, a Rotarian who was outbid at nearly every attempt to take home an item. “He wove stories into the auction items and reminded us of the impact our bids would have on the Boys & Girls Club—inspiring some serious competition!”
This event, a Rotary tradition in Merrill since its inception in 1974, selects a different local non-profit or charitable cause each year as its beneficiary. Past recipients have included the Merrill Food Pantry, HAVEN, and Trinity Daycare. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the chosen recipient.
The auction showcased an array of items, including homemade baked goods, a variety of fine wines and liquors, locally sourced pure maple syrup, a pair of tickets to a Green Bay Packers game, handmade crafts and decor, gift baskets, and a large variety of select cuts of local meats. These items not only reflected the community’s generosity but also added to the vibrant and competitive atmosphere of the event.
The Boys & Girls Club plays a vital role in Merrill, providing a safe and supportive haven for children and teens after school. Through its programs and activities focused on academic achievement, healthy lifestyles, character development, and leadership skills, the Club empowers young minds to reach their full potential.
The Holiday Auction is just one example of the Rotary Club of Merrill’s ongoing commitment to making a positive difference in their community. Through their dedication and service, the Rotary Club continues to be a pillar of service and support for Merrill.
The Rotary Club of Merrill is a service organization dedicated to improving the lives of others in their community and around the world. Founded in 1916, the Club has a rich history of service, focusing on areas like education, health, and economic development. For more information about the Club and its work, visit their website at merrillrotary.org.
The Boys & Girls Club of Merrill is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe and positive environment for children and teens after school. Through its programs and activities, the Club empowers young people to develop essential skills, build positive relationships, and reach their full potential. For more information about the Club and its work, visit bgcclub.com.