Mark Clairmont |

GRAVENHURST — With more dire pandemic predictions and stay-in-place shopping advice, the Gravenhurst Rotary Club’s TV-Internet Auction is timely and helpful way to shop locally.

And no masks are required if Christmas shopping at home.

And thanks to hundreds of generous community donors who responded in record numbers this year — despite trying COVID times —  more than 325 items worth more than $50,000 are up for grabs at great prices.

Many of them are services and gift certificates you wouldn’t normally think of or see offered anywhere else.

The annual charitable fundraiser for the service club got underway this week with online bidding “live” now, says Rotarian Kathryn McGill a member of the club’s auction organizing committee.

The two-week run-up to the Nov. 29 Sunday afternoon final bidding on YourTV (Cogeco cable 10) lets you pre-bid and check the website each day to see if you need to up your bid.

You will also get automatic notification if your bid has been increased by someone else.

The website is at

You can see all the items listed by tapping the picture and enlarging for a closer view.

But you must first register to bid.

It’s easy, friendly and fast. Call the help line if you have trouble.

On auction day — when you can call in or keep bidding online — president Pat Bongers and the amazing auction chair Micky Iutzi will kick off an afternoon of bidding and taped interviews and information about some of club’s charitable efforts to help the community and internationally.

Among them are Rotary’s post-secondary bursary fund, a new mental health fund, GAP, Wheels for Learning in Cambodia and numerous other individual donations to residents in emergency need.

Rotary is also partnering with Bracebridge Rotarians in a free winter coat give-away next week at Fabricares.

The Sunday hosts are Rotarians Iutzi, Bruce Dart, Tawnya Habel and David Reid.

As of Friday morning, Nov. 20, more than $14,000 had been bid with many of the 325+ items still up for grabs. Sign up and join the fun.



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