2022 Annual Kiwanis Auction
Travel, sports, and concert tickets are among the wide variety of items up for bid in the Westfield Kiwanis Club’s 53rd Annual Auction. As always, the auction will feature merchandise and services donated by Western Massachusetts businesses and other non-profit organizations. Everything will be auctioned to the highest bidders to benefit the children in the Greater Westfield area. The “Super Block” of high-value items like vacations will be available, as well as “big blocks” of items of significant value. The auction supports many community projects and organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield, youth sports programs, literacy programs for kids, high-school equivalency programs for adults, and more. Auction proceeds also fund 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 television more than 25 years ago, when the Westfield cable community access channel became available. Students and faculty from Westfield State University’s communications department produce the program, and the University’s Computer Science Department developed and maintains the software that runs the auction.