Kiwanis Club of Westfield Massachusetts
Vacation trips and sports and concert tickets are among the wide variety of items up for bid in the Westfield Kiwanis Club's 48th Annual TV auction on Sunday, March 5, 2017. The auction will be carried live in Westfield and Southwick on Comcast's community access channel 15, and will be available elsewhere streamed live on the Internet at www.westfield.ma.edu/Kiwanis.
The auction will feature merchandise and services worth more than $50,000, all donated by Greater Westfield businesses and other non-profit organizations. Everything will be auctioned to the highest bidders to benefit the children in the Greater Westfield area. "Super Blocks" of big-ticket items such as vacations will be available, as well as two "big blocks" with other high-value items.
Potential bidders can apply in advance for an auction speed bid number by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. and including your name, address and telephone number. For the auction rules, please click here. Download the complete auction listings here.
The auction supports many community projects and organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield, Westfield's Little League baseball and softball program, sled hockey, and soccer programs. Auction proceeds have also funded the purchase of bicycle helmets for local school children and "Good Citizen" awards for high school students in Westfield and Southwick. On a global level, auction proceeds are donated to the Eliminate Project, a joint venture between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eradicate maternal and neo-natal tetanus, which kills over 60,000 children and women each year.
The annual Kiwanis auction began on local AM radio in Westfield in 1969. It moved to a televised format more than 20 years ago, when the Westfield cable community access channel became available. Students and faculty from Westfield State University's communications department provide technical and studio support.