Coon Rapids Rotary Club hosted its largest fundraiser of the year Oct. 24 at the Harvest Grill Event Center at the Bunker Hills Golf Course Clubhouse.
The 12th annual event was attended by a little over 109 people.
It featured free wine tasting and appetizers, live music from Tony Garry, two auctions (one silent and one live), heads or tails games for prizes and by paying $10 a chance to “pop a cork” for a bottle of wine and have a chance to win an expensive bottle of vintage wine.
There were 118 wines for the “pop a cork” event and all were spoken for by the time the drawing took place for the two bottles of more expensive wine.
That took place immediately prior to and during the live auction.
There were 17 live auction items, including the Bunker Hills experience (dinner, 18 holes with cart and golfTEC instruction for four), estate plan preparation, University of Minnesota hockey tickets, a one-week stay at Breezy Point Resort on Pelican Lake and another in Scottsdale, Ariz., German dinner for six, Minnesota Timberwolves tickets, tandem sky dive, Minnesota Twins tickets, dental work and wine.
The live auction went very well, according to auctioneer Scott Schulte, Rotary club member.
“There was great energy in the room and the bidding was lively,” Schulte said.
Schulte estimated that some $5,000 was raised from the live auction alone, he said.
Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the many organizations and programs that the Rotary club supports each year.
A gross profit of $18,000 is anticipated with a profit of just under $12,500, said Greg Ovik, Rotary member.
They include Alexandra House, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation, Anoka Technical College Scholarship Foundation, Boy Scout Troop 516, Coon Rapids Community Scholarship Association, Coon Rapids Snowflake Days, Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association, Coon Rapids High School Senior All-Night Party, Emma B. Howe YMCA, Feed My Starving Children, Free2B!, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Mediation Services of Anoka County, Mercy and Unity Hospitals Foundation, Northern Stars Ball, Relay for Life, Rotary International programs, Salvation Army, School District 11 writing contest and dictionary project and Stepping Stone Emergency Housing.
Event underwriters included Alliance Title, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College, 21st Century Bank, Coon Rapids Chiropractic, First Advantage Bank, Helgen Law Firm, Hi-Ten Service Center, Hubmer, Enstad, Ovik & Co. Ltd., IEA Institute and Jeff Athmann, Integrated Real Estate Services, The John Roberts Company, Mary T, Inc., Mercy and Unity Hospitals Foundation, Northeast Bank, Raymond James, Doris and Mel Schulte and Schulte for County Board.
The Coon Rapids Rotary Club meets every Monday at 12:15 p.m. at the Harvest Grill.
It is part of Rotary International, a service organization, which is over 100 years old with more than 30,000 clubs worldwide in 163 countries and 12 million members and growing.
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