The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 2, 2013

Auction benefits area parks

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton Rotary Club will be once again auctioning a variety of items to pay for area parks.

The Fifth Annual Parks for Children Charity Auction will be Friday night at Rastrelli’s Tuscany Events Center, 238 Main Ave., with the proceeds going to Clinton parks. A new playground will be constructed this spring at Emma Young Park. The Rotary Club also has plans for new equipment at Rainbow Park.

“Our parks add to the quality of life we all enjoy in the Gateway area,” a Rotary Club press release stated.

The event and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m, with the live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. The silent auction will close at 8 p.m.

More than 60 live and silent auction items will be available at the event. Cheryl Frey, auction chairwoman, said this is more than the event has had before. She added that the community and Rotary Club members have really stepped forward in providing items. Auction packages include a week-long relaxing vacation in a rustic cabin, pizza for a year, fold up bikes, an array of wines, tickets and tailgating at the Iowa vs. Michigan State game, a Lake Okoboji vacation, a watercolor painting, Notre Dame football tickets, trips to a variety of locations and other items.

The event will feature a 1950s theme, with burgers, milkshakes and more on the menu. Frey said the room will have 1950s decorations created by local children at the Clinton Public Library. Music will be provided by Tewanta Lopez and David Gannet.

Tickets are available through any Clinton Rotary Club member or by calling 242-2500.

“It’s a fun night of entertainment and also it’s a good cause: Parks for the children,” Frey said.