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Members of the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock pose with recipients of donations funded by the Rotary Auction, held in August at the American Legion Hall. JEFF EASON PHOTO

Originally published: 2013-09-26 08:43:47
Last modified: 2013-09-26 08:44:31

Rotary ups the bid for nonprofits

Everybody knows about the Rotary Club’s commitment to end world hunger and stamp out preventable diseases such as polio, but when it came time to find recipients for funds raised from August’s Rotary Auction, the group in Blowing Rock wanted to keep it local.

“We decided that our annual auction will be used to raise money for local groups,” Rotary President Jim Clabough said.

The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock invited all organizations receiving donations to its Monday lunch event at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock.

A total of $25,000 was distributed to the various groups and nonprofits.

Receiving checks for the various organizations at the luncheon were Melissa Selby of the Community Care Clinic, Lynne Mason of Hospitality House, Compton Fortuna of the Hunger and Health Coalition, Rebecca Gummere of OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter), Jennifer Warren of the Western Youth Network, Shelly Robinson of Mountain Alliance, Lowell Thomas of the Blowing Rock Historical Society, Kevin Tincher of Blowing Rock School PTO, Kathy Whatley of the Community Club of Blowing Rock and Jennifer Brown of Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation.

The Blowing Rock Historical Society plans to use its donation to help pay for the restoration of the town’s first fire engine.

The Community Club of Blowing Rock will use its funds for ongoing events at the Blowing Rock Community Library.

Blowing Rock School PTO will use its gift toward its goal of $75,000 that the organization is trying to raise for school playground improvements.

Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation will use its check for the town’s American Legion Hall renovation project, and the money Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation received from the Rotary Auction will be matched by a state grant.

Organizers of the first Blowing Rock Rotary Charity Auction earlier speculated that the event would raise approximately $17,500. It actually raised closer to $26,000, leaving $25,000 for charity donations after expenses. The 2014 auction will be held on Aug. 23.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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