Benefit auction proceeds support SW Resources

PARKERSBURG – Hundreds of items will be up for sale at auction when SW Resources holds its 32nd annual Harvest of Opportunities Benefit Auction on Saturday at the Parkersburg Country Club.

The only fundraiser conducted by SW Resources each year, the event begins with a silent auction at 5 p.m. and the live auction at 7:15 p.m.

Admission is $30 a person, with ticket information available at 304-428-6344 or online at www.harvestofopportunities.com.

Ben Summers, sales and marketing manager, said all proceeds from the event go to SW Resources to help maintain, improve and create programs for individuals with disabilities. The agency provides employment opportunities and vocational services to 250 client-employees, either at SW Resources or with companies in the community.

“We have a lot of programs that support that mission and the funds raised from the auction go to continue those programs and to help us to develop new programs,” he said.

Summers said the event will follow the same basic program as previous years, with a silent auction and a live auction. This year’s event will feature a new auctioneer, Madison Williams.

“It’s been wonderful to work with him. He appreciates what we do here and seems to understand it,” Summers said.

A wide range of items, products, services and other things have been donated by supporters this year, ranging from high-definition televisions to handmade furniture to antiques to sports and celebrity memorabilia. Summers said there will be hundreds of items featured in the two auctions.

“We have an original mosaic made by one of our clients here; it is a gorgeous piece,” he said.

The last year-and-a-half have been a positive time for SW Resources, said Executive Director Terah Klein.

“We’ve really been growing the number of opportunities that we’re able to offer our client-employees, really expanding out into the community,” she said.

“We’re looking forward to a great turnout this year,” Summers said of Saturday’s event.

“We have such a wide variety of items. I really feel like anyone who attends the auction will have something they want to bid on. I think we have something that could pique anyone’s interest,” Klein said.