For the first time, the annual Citivan Auction will be online. People can bid on items in the fundraiser through Sept. 28.
Grady Tracy, treasurer for the club and co-chairman for the event, also said the auction is usually in April, but moved to September to give the organization enough time to set up the auction site.
“We do have faithful auction people who watched every year,” Tracy said. “(Having the auction online is) a challenge, but I think we’ll gain new people that are bidding.”
The auction has about 100 items up for bid, said co-chairman Mike Dumas. Last year, the auction had about 170 items and raised about $15,000.
Dumas said this year’s items have a retail value of about $13,500, so they expect to raise $7,000 - $7,500. Dumas said the estimate was determined by looking at past years’ numbers.
“I’d call that a successful auction,” he said.
Those interested in bidding can go online to eldoradocitivan.com, click on the item they’d like to bid on, enter their name and contact information, and place an initial and maximum bid. If someone is outbid, they will be sent an email to decide if they’d like to increase their maximum limit. Item winners will be emailed once the auction is over.
Tracy said the club will accept items for auction until Sept. 26. Those who wish to donate items should call Tracy at 870-918-8150 or Dumas at 870-863-8885.
Bidding will end at noon Sept. 28. Those who have the highest bid may pick up their items from 1 - 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at 714 W Grove St.
Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the South Arkansas Center for Developmental Children and Adults.