The Hanover Rotary Club stages a charity auction each fall in cooperation with a local community service organization that it selects as a beneficiary of the event.   The Club solicits corporate cash sponsorship and auction items donated in support of the event.   Beneficiaries have been selected with an eye to the priority of the Rotary’s principal charitable focus which has been to help families and children in need.  The Auction has grown in size over the years and now attracts well over 200 guests to an evening of wine tasting and fellowship in support of our philanthropic goal.  
 
Beneficiaries in the past five years have been:
 
2014
Children's Literacy Foundation
$31,000
 
The Children’s Literacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has served more than 165,000 low-income, at-risk, and rural children in nearly 400 communities across every region of the Twin States. Learn about their impact.
 
2013
   Second Wind Foundation and Willow Grove
$30,000
 
Second Wind Foundation based in White River Junction and Wilder runs programs devoted to recovery from addictive behaviors.  The Auction contributed a significant down payment for Second Wind’s purchase of Willow Grove, a residential recovery center for women.
 
2012 
Cover Home Repair
$35,000
 
COVER Home Repair, based in White River Junction brings together volunteers and professional homebuilders to make vital repairs to qualifying low income homes in order to foster hope and build community in the Upper Valley.  Those eligible for help include single parent working families, the elderly, the disabled, and veterans.  Typical work includes the repair or replacement of roofs, sills, floors, walls, windows and doors, installing insulation, and building handicap access ramps.  COVER played an important role in repair necessitated by Hurricane Irene flooding.
 
2011
Hannah House
$30,000
 
From its location at 10 Abbott Street in Lebanon, Hannah House offered a community outreach program serving parenting youth living within a 30 mile radius of Lebanon.  The house included a six bed residence, a day care program licensed for eight babies and a vocational program. Hannah House clients often come from families where drug abuse and domestic violence are the norm. Besides having a child at a young age, these young mothers also must deal with issues such as recovery from past trauma, drug and alcohol use, obtaining a high school degree and finding employment.
 
2010
Willing Hands
$29,000
 
Willing Hands recovers three and a half to four tons of surplus fruit and vegetables a week from local grocers, farmers and bakers and delivers it to organizations serving people in need. Food recipients include children, at-risk teens, low-income families and seniors throughout the Upper Valley. With a total budget under $110,000 and with the help of over 150 volunteers, Willing Hands operates seven days a week and offers all of their services free of charge.  The money raised for Willing Hands paid for a replacement for their aging delivery van.