Planning is well underway for the 24th annual Rotary Auction on TV COGECO which is scheduled for November 12 and 13, 2010.  Before the telephones begin ringing and volunteers start taking bids – the 2010 campaign has already succeeded in attracting a Major Sponsor – International Power Canada.  As a major sponsor, they have pledged $10,000 to the 2010 auction campaign.
International Power Canada is responsible for the Harrow Wind Projects in the Town of Essex which consists of 24 wind turbines which began generating power in June 2010.  When fully operational, the turbines will generate enough energy to serve close to 12, 000 Ontario homes annually.  Additionally, IPC is currently building the 48.6 MW Pointe-Aux-Roches Wind Farm in Lakeshore and has numerous other projects in various stages of development in Essex County.

International Power Canada, formerly AIM PowerGen Corporation, was acquired by International Power plc in October 2009.  International Power plc is a leading independent electricity generating company with interests in over 21 countries. 

"International Power Canada has really demonstrated a community-minded spirit in supporting TV Auction," says Windsor St. Clair Rotary Club President Phyllis Charbonneau.  "The company, through its local representatives, recognize the important of the work we do and the work we want to continue to do.  This sponsorship gives us a tremendous lift as we begin auction season."   Last year, with the generous support of local industries and businesses, close to $54,000 was raised at this fundraising initiative. 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation uses the monies raised to fund research, health promotion, and community improvement projects. The Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair also uses the money raised to fund club projects like the Ganatchio Trail, Shanfield Shores, and the Rotary boundary-free playground in the Town of Tecumseh.  Monies raised also assist many families on an individual basis, fund a student bursary program, and aid in Rotary projects worldwide to eradicate polio.

Hockey tickets, sports memorabilia, unique home decor items, delicious dining experiences, electronic equipment and travel get-aways are some of the auction items which will be available in November.  Local business and members of the community still have time to get involved.    Over the next few weeks, Rotarians and the Heart and Stroke Foundation representatives will be seeking the assistance of many regional businesses to help support the auction.  If your business or organisation would like to make a donation or participate in a sponsorship opportunity, please click here.