The 63rd Annual WHOP Rotary Radio Auction came to a close last night short of last year's total, but still immensely successful in raising money for local high school graduates to receive scholarships and student loans.
A total of 275 items were auctioned off for about $30,400 on the final night of the auction, bringing the week's total to 837 items sold for $84,226-- just over $18,500 short of last year's auction numbers.
It was a big night for the Hour and Goat clubs, as $24,517 was donated in those areas last night alone. The week's total for contributions to the two clubs was $154,117, about $13,000 less than the 2012 auction.
Overall, the Rotary Club raised $264,517 in this year's auction—which was about $36,000 less than last year.
Auction Chair Robert Harper closed out the auction a few seconds after an Anthony Davis autographed basketball became the last item to sell at a cost of $360.
A few minutes earlier, Harper thanked his fellow Rotarians and everyone else in the community who made this year's auction possible.
All 63 years of the auction have aired on WHOP and the local auction continues to be the largest Rotary fundraiser in the world.