The Sequim Sunrise Rotary Club had its most successful auction in its 20-plus years history, raising $32,757 for local and national charities March 13 at the Sequim Elks Lodge. The "Lucky Friday the 13th" auction had 160 patrons bid on airline tickets, housing services, vacations and more.
The club tried its first online auction a few weeks prior to the live event, bringing in $6,427.
Five local charitable organizations were invited to participate in the live and online auctions to assist Rotarians in raising funds. The club helped raise $1,423 for Sequim Education Foundation; $1,153, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula; $1,160, Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness Clinic; $1,045, Sequim Food Bank; and $1,646, Welfare for Animals Guild.
The club also chose the ShelterBox program, an emergency relief box containing a tent, cooking supplies, blankets and general survival supplies during disasters, as its "funded item" for the year. They raised $12,000 toward the program, which can buy 12 Shelter Boxes.
"It was a pleasant surprise in these times to raise so much money for ShelterBox through the auction," said Jim Pickett, ShelterBox representative and Rotarian.
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The $14,000 remaining that the Rotary raised will be dispersed in 2009-2010 by the club's board to fund community and international service projects. Incoming Rotary president Nell Clausen will be choosing the recipients of the remaining money.
Business and non-Rotarians donors at the auction:
Apple Counseling, KONP, Pacific Office Supply, Clift Mortgage, Boys & Girls Club, Victoria Express ferry, Elna Kawal, Katie Gilles, Patsene Dashiell, Sequim Police Department, Wildlight Gallery, Morgan Stanley, SunLand Golf & Country Club.
Also: Professional Real Estate, Aspire Academy of Expressive Arts, Washington Federal Savings, Sherry Siegel/Brokers Group, Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, Lawns by Kris, Elle Salon-Kristina Cawyer/Kathy Loushin, Cedar, Novus Glass/The Pit Shop.
Also: The Oak Table Cafe, Reef Tanning, Sequim Massage - Therapy & Wellness, Erik, Kris, Annika Lawrence, Changes Salon & Spa, InsideOut Solutions, Randall Tomaras Photography, Phillip's Hallmark Shop, Wild Rose Senior Residence, Sequim Village Glass.
Also: The Old Post Office Sweets & Gifts, Serenity Sea Glass, Bob Duncan, Jo Young, Kim Mishko & Associates, Pacific Mist Books, A-1 Auto Parts, Thomas Building Center, Lou and Lois Philipp, Jan Tatom of Confetti, Olympic Springs, Tenhulzen Investments LLC, Yvonne's Chocolates.
Also: RC Control, Sequim Physical Therapy, Sound Sleep Clinic PLLC, Starbucks, Olympic Theatre Arts Center, Lisa Szumski/John L. Scott-Sequim, Olympic Outdoor Furniture, Co-Op Farm & Garden, Red Carpet Car Wash, WAG Photographer Linda Benson, Photography by Cindy, Best Friend Nutrition, Brian and Colleen Gunnerson, and Jered and Jodie Reynolds.
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