While raising more than a quarter of a million dollars is successful by some standards, and even met the 2013 goal of the Hopkinsville Rotary Club, Rotarians were shooting for a bigger goal, which was surpassing the 2012 auction total. Totals for the 63rd Rotary Auction, which wrapped up Saturday night, came in almost $36,000 shy of the 62nd Auction at $264,517.55.
The auction, which had picked up steam Tuesday and Wednesday nights, never managed to recover from the first night deficit of $21,685.63. Tuesday night raised almost $5,000 more than the second night in 2012 and Wednesday raised over $2,000 more than 2012. Friday night also finished better than 2012 by $10. Thursday night Rotarians sold 30 more items, but saw a $3,500 deficit compared to 2012. Then Saturday night, they were nearly 100 items short of the previous year, but overall, were just two items shy of 2012. Over the six days 837 items were sold this year.
The auction, itself, finished $18,587.62 dollars behind 2012. The Hour and Goat Clubs finished $12,852.32 behind 2012. Despite not surpassing the $300,000 raised in 2012, the 63rd Annual Hopkinsville Rotary Auction will go down as a success, with Auction Chair Robert Harper setting this year's goal at just $250,000.
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