The 61st annual Rotary Club of Terrace Auction is now history – and despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, area residents once again showed their generosity – and an eye for bargains.

Preliminary numbers released by the club after the two-day weekend auction show a total of $46,765 was bid on the 400 items donated by area businesses and agencies.

That represents just over 64% of the total retail value of the items.

Residents also donated $2550 in cash.

The auction was live-streamed on YouTube, and was also available on Zoom -- and despite a few technical glitches, Rotary Club spokesperson Brian Downie says the weekend went fairly well, thanks to the help of the many volunteers and the giving spirit of Terrace and area residents.

For the second straight year, COVID restrictions meant that spectators were not allowed in the Terrace Sportsplex to bid from the floor.

The money raised through the auction will be used to support the many community projects funded by Rotary.