Rotary gears up for 59th annual BBQ, Auction

Rockingham Rotary will celebrate its 59th annual BBQ and Auction to be held on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the North Carolina National Guard Armory on Rockingham Road in Rockingham.rotary

This project has raised over $1 million for the community’s benefit. The annual event includes cash raffles, a BBQ chicken and pork plate sale along with a live auction, a silent auction, country store and bake sale. The event is expected to earn over $60,000 which will be returned to the community in the spring of 2015 in the form of Rotary grants to local organizations doing great things in the community.

It turns out that John Yates, of Rockingham was the winner of the final truck raffle at the 2013 event. Unlike in past years, there will be no new vehicle raffled off. Chuck Cobb, auction chairman, said tickets cost $100 apiece and the cost of the vehicle continued to increase each year. Rotarians chose not to increase the cost of the tickets.

Instead, what was the truck raffle ticket is now the Lucky 4 Ticket. The pickup truck raffle has been changed to an all cash drawing. Odds of winning have increased with four chances to win cash prizes. Tickets are $100 each for chances to win $2,000, $3,000, $4,000 or $5,000, respectively.

Additionally, there will be an early bird drawing $500 if you purchase a ticket on or before Oct.27. The drawing will kick off the excitement prior to the live auction and all of those tickets will be placed back in the Lucky 4 drawing for additional chances to win cash. On the day of the auction the cash prizes will begin early evening and continue throughout the live auction until the end when the $5,000 grand prize is drawn. Tickets can be purchased from any Rotarian. Rotarian Steve Morris chairs this part of the project. A total of 450 Lucky Four Tickets will be sold.

BBQ chicken and pork plates

Lunch and dinner plates of BBQ chicken or pork will be on sale on event day served with potato salad, slaw, roll and tea. Eat in or take out is available for the $7.00 plates. The BBQ is cooked and prepared locally and known to be the best around. Group delivery is available for large orders. You may contact any Rotarian to purchase a plate in advance or you may purchase your tickets at the door. Rotarian Debra Parsons is leading the plate ticket sales.

Live auction

Rotarian Ronnie Hawks, a licensed auctioneer, will conduct the live auction of new and used items donated by Richmond County businesses and local citizens. Great bargains are sure to be had by all. The live auction starts following dinner.. We have pickup service and can store it until auction day. Call a Rotarian to donate nice unneeded items from your business, house, garage or attic.

Silent auction

Folks will have all day to post their bids on silent auction items. You are sure to see opportunities to win golf packages; college sports items, art along with other nice things. The silent auction closes prior to the live auction. Contact Anne Edwards if you would like to donate an item to the Silent Auction.

Bake sale

Throughout the day, cookies, pies and cakes will be available to purchase by the slice and as whole items. The delicious items are baked by Rotarian spouses, local businesses and local citizens. Contact Bloddie McClanathan to ask about cooking for a great cause.

Country store

The Country Store contains all kind of stuff for sale from books, kitchen ware, small appliances and glassware. Most items are less than $10. You can contact Caroline Thomas Goodwin to donate these items.

Visa Card Raffle Ticket

            During the live auction, a $500 Visa card and a $1,000 Visa card will we awarded to the winners of the Visa Card Raffle. Tickets are $5 each for this opportunity to have a chance to win. Tickets can be purchased from any Rotarian. Rotarian David Harling leads the Visa Card Raffle.

Community support is needed

The annual BBQ and Auction has been extremely successful over the years due to tremendous community support. The Rotary Club is counting on great support from the local community again this year. The goal is to increase profits from the auction proceeds and give that money back to nonprofit agencies in Richmond County. The fundraising auction benefits more than 30 agencies in Richmond County.

To purchase any tickets, donate items to the auction, the county store or bake sale, please contact any Rockingham Rotarian as soon as possible.

For additional information regarding the auction, please contact Cobb at 910-995-5966.

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