The Boonville Lions Club’s 46th annual auction grossed over $8,000 during its two night run on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7.
Proceeds from the auction, which serves as the organization’s lone fundraiser for the year, will be directed to the Lions Club’s numerous philanthropic efforts locally and globally. The 25 projects and initiatives the Lions Club sponsors includes Habitat for Humanity, Boonville High School student scholarships, Central Missouri Community Action and Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Bank. In 2017 the organization, whose main initiative is human sight, provided 15 people with eyeglasses from funds raised in the auction.
“The Lions Club represents the preservation of sight, that is why we do the glasses and that sort of thing“ commented Lions Club Treasurer Gene Cummins on the organizations the Boonville chapter contributes toward, “And we support Lions International like the Leader Dog program and the UCILF where they go into floods and that sort of thing.”
Boonville area businesses contributed 265 items with the largest retail value in the history of the auction. The items brought an event-record of $3,960.50 in the first night. Items contributed featured a range of goods including handbags, U.S. Mint Proof coin sets, restaurant gift certificates and car care services.
“Boonville is just a great town,“ continued Cummins on the involvement of the community in the auction, “You can ask anybody that has been here at any time and I think sometimes we Boonville people take it for granted because I know we hear things from other people who come to Boonville about it being friendly and it’s an all-around good community of everybody helping everybody.”
Both evenings of bidding were broadcast live by KWRT 1370 and on public access Channel 3 from the showroom W-K Ford. Beginning in 2005, the auction process was streamlined with a computerized system, which allows immediate updates to bidders viewing the auction broadcast and provides the Lions Club with a running total on the proceeds.   
The items won in the auction will be available for pick-up on Friday, March 9 from 9 AM to 4 PM and on Saturday, March 10 from 9 AM to noon.
The Boonville Lions Club is currently comprised of 23 members, many of which volunteered for both nights of the event answering bids called in via phone, updating bid information and arranging items for broadcast presentation.
According to member Pete Rodman the planning and strategizing of the auction in addition to the collecting of items is a year-long process. Planning for the 2019 event will begin at the Lions Club’s next meeting after the 2018 auction.
“If you’d like to get involved, we would love to have you and get some new blood in,“ concluded Cummins on the eagerness of the Boonville Lions Club concerning new membership.
The Boonville Lions Club meets at noon each Tuesday of each month at the Boonslick Heartland YMCA and continues to welcome new members interested in serving the community in addition to international causes.