I went to a Rotary fundraiser last night.
I am in the Sunrise Rotary, and the fundraiser was put on by the noontime Rotary. We have three clubs in our county.
There was dinner and both a silent and live auction. The benefit raised $20,000 for a new kitchen for the Boiler Room. The Boiler Room is a youth coffee house, drug and alcohol free, and where people are welcomed and can volunteer. There was a video about three people who talked about how it helped them. The fourth was the director, who told her story from 18 years ago.
Additional funds were raised. I love the Rotary: it sustained me when I had to start my clinic and it does so many things. I am delighted that we are down to two countries with polio virus, the exchange students come from all over the world and go all over the world, the yearly Shelterbox that we buy will go to some disaster area and locally the third graders each get their own picture dictionary. And I get to meet weekly with a wonderful group of people.
I bid on a lunch with US Representative Derek Kilmer. I wish I'd gotten that, I would bend his ear about healthcare. I didn't. But I came home with an odd ladle and I am signed up for a two day blacksmithing class at the Cedar root school. And my money will go to multiple projects.