The Auburn Lions Club held their seventh annual charity auction this past Saturday night.
All proceeds from the auction, which took place at the Auburn Civic Center, fund local goodwill projects.
"It's a great cause. Lions Club members do a lot for the community...a lot of support groups. It's just a good club with a good group of people," said Ralph McLeod who attended the event.
As part of the international Lions Club, the Auburn local chapter is dedicated to improving conditions around their neighborhood, particularly issues regarding sight projects and diabetes awareness and treatment. Their charity projects include giving eyeglasses to children who can't afford them and service dogs for the disabled.
"It'll be an interesting sale. Some of the baked goods that come here are from the local community and poeple come here and they pretty much compete for the cinnamon rolls that are made locally here," said McLeod.
"You know, you won't believe this, but the cinnamon rolls come in packs of four and they always tend to do really well," said Gary Henson, who volunteered as an auctioneer for the charity event.
The Auburn Lions club hopes to raise as much money from the auction as it did last year. But the bad economy may prevent that from happening.
"Most people are in need right now and it's unfortunate that people aren't giving to things like this as much," said Gary Adkins, who was the chairman of this year's auction.
Fewer people donated items for the auction this year.
"Mostly the small mom-and-pop operations and individually-owned businesses have been just wonderful in contributing. Some of the corporate businesses haven't been nearly as kind," said Adkins.
Yet despite the bad economy, the auction managed to raise almost as much as they did last year---nearly $2,500.