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Kiwanis to launch online auction to benefit scholarships

By KIWANIS CLUB - | Mar 12, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED A vintage 1969 Honda 350 Scrambler.

For the past year, COVID-19 has put a stop to many major gatherings on the islands, including the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club’s annual Spaghetti Dinner. But, the club has a new event that promises to be both fun and safe: the Kiwanis Online Silent Auction.

Available for browsing, the auction Website features unusual items and exciting experiences. Listings include resort and hotel stays, golf outings, sporting goods, fishing and sightseeing trips, artwork, custom chef-prepared dinners, private wine tasting dinner party, home services, legal consultation and even a rare collector’s item, a vintage 1969 Honda 350 motorcycle in pristine condition.

“We’re disappointed that the club was not able to host the Spaghetti Dinner this year, but this auction event should be fun — something new,” President Bill Hay said. “And it will help us continue our support for island kids.”

Bidding will open on March 19 and remain open until March 28 at 6 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to island students — residents and those whose parents work on-island — and grants to youth programs.

PHOTO PROVIDED A fishing or sightseeing outing on the Alley Cat.

To view the auction items and take part, visit www.32auctions.com/sancapkiwanisauction.

Kiwanis thanked its major sponsors and others that lent their support. Major sponsors include: Cielo, Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, Bank of the Islands, Bailey’s General Store, The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts, The Sanctuary Golf Club, Archer Hotels, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Billy’s Rentals, Carefree Birding, Barefoot Charley’s Painting Company, Island Sun & River Weekly, and Congress Jewelers.

PHOTO PROVIDED Private wine tasting with fun orientation to wines, plus a chef-prepared culinary experience for eight.