Rockingham Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser

Amanda Moss Richmond County Daily Journal

October 21, 2013

Get ready for good food, great company and bargain prices. The Rockingham Rotary Club is setting up for its annual auction on Nov. 5, only two weeks from today.

The auction is a long-standing tradition in Rockingham and is always held on election day. The club, which has 67 members, hosts only one fundraiser per year to raise money for its grant programs. It will be located at the National Guard Armory located across from the old Winn Dixie building.

Dale McInnis, chairman of this year’s auction, spoke of all the potential organizations this money could go to.

“Last year we raised around $60,000. Every year the proceeds go to our grant program and to help with the operation of the club,” McInnis said. “We solicit charitable groups to apply for our grants. We are always welcoming new groups and new causes to look into applying.”

In the past, the club has offered grants to the local schools, Sandhills Children’s Center, the Backpack Pals program, the Girl Scouts and other organizations.

“We also give out fully funded scholarships to four-year universities as well as to Richmond Community College,” McInnis said.

The club will be having two auctions. The silent auction, which was a new event in 2012, will be going on all day. It will consist of various items of interest such as trips, sporting tickets, artwork, signed sports memorabilia and other items.

“It’s those items that people want to take some more time to look at and consider,” McInnis said.

These items will have a sheet of paper down by them where people can bid their desired price for the item. The results of the silent auction will be announced before the traditional auction takes place.

The night time auction will start around 7 p.m. or whenever dinner has come to a close. This auction will have people bidding on various items such as furniture, household goods and electronics. McInnis said one of the larger items for this auction is a 2007 Honda Odyssey.

There will also be raffles going on during the event. The most notable — and perhaps the most anticipated — is the truck raffle. The truck has been transported around town to advertise it to the community. It is a red 2014 Toyota Tacoma that the club purchased for the fundraiser from Griffin Toyota in Hamlet. There will be 500 raffle tickets for the truck and tickets are $100 a piece.

There will also be a $1,000 gas card raffled off. Tickets are $5 each.

Of course there will be food served throughout the day.

“My favorite part has always been the food at this function,” McInnis said. “The barbecue chicken is absolutely fantastic.”

Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will follow from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be options between a barbecue chicken plate and chopped pork barbecue plate. Both are seven dollars each.

“The Country Store inside the armory is where you can satisfy your sweet tooth,” McInnis said. “There you can buy a variety of sweets as well as small goods such as books that have been donated.”

The Rockingham Rotary Club is still accepting donations for the fundraiser through next week.

“Anything that has some value to it will be a great thing to have,” McInnis said. “We just ask that it is in good shape and is operable.”