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Rotary auction nets $160K Saturday


The Newberg Noon Rotary Club’s 40th annual Red Carpet Auction at the Allison Inn and Spa Saturday garnered more than $160,000 from a sellout crowd of 246. The event is the primary fundraiser for the club that donates more than $140,000 per year to local organizations.

The success of the auction makes possible contributions to local groups like $30,000 in scholarships for Newberg and St. Paul high school seniors, Royal Family Kids Club, elementary school summer programs, Grad Night parties at NHS and SPHS, Girl and Boy Scout troops, Habitat for Humanity and others.by: AL HERRIGES - Auction item - Longtime Noon Rotary Club member and auction assistant Walter Want displays for the audience a genuine Oregon Ducks helmet adorned by Hydrographics in Newberg. The entire package, with a winning bid of $950, included the helmet, a hosted tailgate party and four tickets on the 50-yard-line to the Ducks' game versus North Dakota next fall.

The auction also makes it possible to send a group of Rotarians and others to Guatemala to help a village with its dental and medical needs. They club recently returned from such a trip March 8; a blog about the group’s work in Guatemala can be found at www. newbergrotaryclub.word press.com.

Noon members helped bolster a Guatemalan village’s economy by contributing approximately $800 to buy handmade items, many of which were brought back to be auctioned off Saturday.

The single auction item that brought the largest bid was two guaranteed paid summer internships at Climax Machining and Welding Systems, which were won by George Fox University for $8,000 before the actual bidding began. The second largest winning bid was for an original painting by local artist Ramona Youngquist for $3,700.

When the time came for a simple act of giving “the paddle raise,” which results in no item to take home, the audience gave $31,000 to the homeless charity Helping Hands. The organization, which merged with Thugz Off Drugz two years ago, provides housing and re-entry training into society for homeless children, men and women in Yamhill, Lincoln and Clatsop counties.

Since 2008, the Red Carpet Auction has enabled the Newberg Noon Rotary Club to give more than $635,000 back to more than 50 youth related charities, causes and scholarships.