Bids at Fairfield Rotary auction support area children

The Fairfield Rotary Club’s annual dictionary project gives a dictionary to every third-grade student within the Fairfield City School District, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Cincinnati Christian Elementary. The annual spring charity auction helps fund this, and other projects throughout the year for the rotary club. CONTRIBUTED

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The Fairfield Rotary Club’s annual dictionary project gives a dictionary to every third-grade student within the Fairfield City School District, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Cincinnati Christian Elementary. The annual spring charity auction helps fund this, and other projects throughout the year for the rotary club. CONTRIBUTED

Do you want to watch an FC Cincinnati soccer match with the team’s general manager?

You have that chance by attending the Fairfield Rotary’s “Bids for Kids” annual auction Friday, May 5, at Receptions Fairfield on Boymel Road.

You could also score Cincinnati Reds luxury seats, a Disney vacation or a private charter fishing trip on Lake Erie.

All of these big-ticket items are designed to help raise money for the Fairfield Rotary Club, which invests all the money raised back into the community, said Jeff Owens, the club’s president.

“Locally our club does as much as possible to help the community,” he said.

The event, which features live and silent auctions and a basket raffle, is the club’s only fundraiser of the year, and supports a variety of projects, including giving Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. third-graders a dictionary, providing gifts and meals to those within the Fairfield City School District at Christmas, and an annual scholarship program.

The club also donates to several charitable and non-profit organizations, including Central Elementary Right to Read Week, the Therapeutic Recreation League, Challenger Baseball League and Joe Nuxhall Miracle League.

The goal is to raise $30,000.

“I think when you look at some of the things we’re after — serving the under-resourced in the community and literacy in the community — I think are huge areas that need to be addressed,” Owens said.

Fairfield City Councilman Craig Keller said everything that Rotary does is essentially reinvesting back into the community, whether that’s advancing literacy, helping those in need, or providing college scholarships for high school students.

They also provide financial support for mission trips abroad via Caring Partners International.

“They’re learning skills, building skills and teaching skills, and we could use those skills back in the community,” Keller said.

Tickets, which include dinner, are available at the door for $35, but seating is limited. Between 200 and 225 typically attend auction. The silent auction and basket raffle begins at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 7:30 p.m., and the live auction begins at 8 p.m.

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