Rotary auction raises scholarship funds Two Interact clubs assisted with the silent and live auction and they also donated backpacks and other material to a Rotarian who will distribute them to an orphanage in Mexico.

Auctioneer James Bell in action at the Rotary Club of China's auction at the Kerr McGee Center. Photo: Jessica Weston/Daily Independent
Auctioneer James Bell in action at the Rotary Club of China’s auction at the Kerr McGee Center. Photo: Jessica Weston/Daily Independent

The Rotary Club of China Lake’s (California, US – D 5240) annual auction on Saturday got off to a rousing start when a large snifter of homemade chocolate chip cookies sold for $575.

Proceeds go to scholarships, so Peter Brown’s generous bid was going to a good cause.

And, as at the previous year’s event, Brown generously took the cookies around to offer one to anyone who wanted to know what such an expensive cookie tasted like.

The Daily Independent’s reporter did not partake of these, but others reported they were delicious.

“That’s an intense cookie,” someone said.

The event at the Kerr McGee Center raised funds though a silent auction and a live auction presided over by auctioneer James Bell.

The event was catered by Pita Fresh. Minus desserts, of course.

Other desserts auctioned included a lemon cheesecake, a heart-shaped pumpkin cheesecake, a chocolate raspberry marble cheesecake, fancy lemon cupcakes, vintage-style candies, a key lime buttermilk bundt cake, and a delicious banana cake with cream cheese icing.

The bar was operated by the Knights of Columbus. The legendary Ted Lemon served as DJ. Wade Tallman acted as emcee.

Two Interact clubs assisted with the auction, from Burroughs High School and Immanuel Christian School.

The contingent from BHS presented backpacks to Rotarian Vincent Avalos to donate to an orphanage in Mexico in April.

The club raised money for the backpack and supplies by holding a bake sale. Funds also went to a foster camp in Bakersfield.

The Rotary Club’s Interact youth acted as auction assistants, or “Vannas” as they have been known in previous years—a reference to Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White.

Rotary’s Interact clubs are for young people aged 12 to 18 to teach them the importance of service while having fun.

The live auction contained such big ticket items as an exotic vacation stay, a gold pocket watch, and sculptures by Skip Gorman and Betty Spindler.

One hundred per cent of auction proceeds will go to Rotary scholarships.

Source: Taft Midway Driller

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