Harvest of Opportunities boosts SW Resources programs

VIENNA – Items ranging from trips to celebrity items to arts and crafts were available for the 32nd annual Harvest of Opportunities auction in support of SW Resources on Saturday at the Parkersburg Country Club.

Two auctions took place at the event, a silent auction followed by a dinner and then a live auction.

Ben Summers, marketing and sales manager for SW Resources, said the money raised by the event provides funds to develop programs and new jobs for SW Resources clients and to help provide services and training.

Terah Klein, executive director for SW Resources, said the money will stay local to benefit the organization and its programs.

“It really goes to offset all of our programs we offer to our client-employees,” she said.

Klein said there were about 200 items available between the silent and live auctions.

“This year we have seen a lot of new people come to offer items,” Summers said. “That is a great thing.”

Klein said that type of support keeps the auction fresh.

“This is our 32nd year and we’re getting new supporters and new people involved,” she said. “It’s just amazing, really.”

Summers said many items come from those who support SW Resources throughout the year, but only receive recognition during this annual event.

“When people make a donation to the auction it gives them the opportunity to show their support,” he said. “We have a lot of individuals and businesses who support us throughout the year and go unnoticed.

“It’s an opportunity for us to put their names out and show who really is part of our organization,” he said.

Summers said SW Resources offers many services to the community and it’s nice to see others give back to their mission.

The idea of having two different types of auctions in one evening – the silent and the live auction – is to mix up the evening.

“We do both,” he said. “Really it’s just the type of thing that mixes the evening up. It gives everyone a break in the middle, allows them to socialize during the silent auction – it’s a lot of fun.”

For individuals with disabilities, SW Resources provides employment opportunities and vocational services to 250 client-employees, either at the Mary Street location or with companies in the community.