Posted on Dec 15, 2022
Rotary Club of Utica helps ‘Sleep in Heavenly Peace’ efforts to distribute beds to families in need.

The Rotary Club of Utica’s “Not So Silent Night” Gift Auction was not quiet. In fact, from the start, it was clear that this night was going to be loud, and a fun time was had by all. The patrons of the 72 Tavern and Grill in Utica witnessed Rotarians Jerry Kraus and Stephen Turnbull taking turns shouting out bids and trying to entice the crowd into bidding for nearly 30 items. 

The result – The Rotary Club of Utica raised $3,000 to benefit Sleep in Heavenly Peace’s mission to provide beds for local families and kids in need. The wrapped auction items were donated by Rotarians and friends of Rotary, with most of them coming with clues to spark the imagination and spur the interest in bidding. 

The event attracted over 50 Rotarians and friends. Even some of the normal dinner crowd couldn’t help but get involved, raising hands to make a bid.

FROM LEFT: Stephen Turnbull (Rotary), Theresa Swider (SHP), Tina Pavlot (Rotary), Pam Sperbeck (SHP) and Jerry Kraus (Rotary).