Theres just a little more added to the mixture this year for the Rotary Club of Canbys Community Auction Sept. 21.
Not only will the auction proceeds be split among The Canby Center, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank of Canby and the Canby Rotary Foundation scholarship fund, but the Canby Heralds annual Chili Cookoff will add flavor to this years event.
Doors open at 11 a.m. at the Clackamas County Event Center for auction viewing and silent auction bidding. The oral auction gets started about 2:15 p.m.
The Canby Center funds will be used for the Backpack Buddies program that serves approximately 300 low income students and their families by providing weekend food. The St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, serving 237 families each week, 34 percent of whom are children, will supplement its contributed food donations, creating the nourishment needed for residents to thrive. The Canby Rotary Foundation will expand its scholarship program which currently assists nine area high school students with scholarship funding to the college or university of their choice.
In 2011, the fundraiser topped the $35,000 mark, the last of a $90,000 goal, to help finish off the final touches for the Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial. A year ago, the event raised $25,000.
Admission is free and there is no charge to park.
Rotary auction beneficiaries
The Canby Center
Auction goal: Provide additional resources for the Backpack Buddies program that will enable it to serve more students and their families. By providing food, warmth, hygiene, health and housing, the Canby Center works to bring real life changes for Canby School District youth and their families. One initiative, the Backpack Buddies program, helps support the districts families and students who fall below the poverty level, now at 46 percent and climbing. Research has shown that children without adequate nutrition have more difficulty learning and developing. The Backpack Buddies program provides food for approximately 300 elementary students and their families. Teachers and counselors identify students who display symptoms of malnutrition and hunger, and with the familys permission discreetly deposit food in the students backpacks for the weekend. At a cost of $2.28 per backpack of food, approximately 12,000 bags are distributed during the school year.
Canby, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank
Auction goal: Build the financial capacity of the Food Bank, enabling it to secure needed food for our community. More than five (5) tons of food is distributed each week to needy families in the Canby community through the largest USDA pantry in the state. Long-term unemployment has greatly impacted the need for food donations, with children comprising 34 percent of the food recipients. Recipients access the food at St. Patricks Catholic Church which generously houses the program. An all volunteer effort, sixty five citizens donate 4,228 hours of service to collect, store and distribute the goods. With the help of area grocery stores donations and the Oregon Food Bank which supplies USDA food, the Canby program supports an average of 237 families every week. With financial support, they are able to purchase additional food from the Oregon Food Bank for an average of 6 cents per pound. In 2012, 372, 000 pounds of food was purchased.
The Rotary Club of Canby Foundation
Auction goal: Grow the Dick Brown Scholarship Fund so that Canby area students can achieve their educational, career and life goals. Each year, high school seniors from the Canby area look for resources that will enable them to go to college. Whether a four-year university or a tow-year community or technical college, tuition continues to rise and financial aid becomes a scarce commodity. The Rotary Club of Canby supports students with scholarships each year, awarding $12,500 to nine students in 2012. Recently, in memory of Richard R. Dick Brown, Canby School Superintendent for 15 years and a long-time Rotarian, the Canby Rotary Foundation created the Dick Brown scholarship fund, an endowment established in perpetuity to help send generations of our youth to college.