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November 15, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Gretchen Muldowney, left, and Kay Frederickson look at some of the items at the Marysville Rotary's annual auction on Nov. 10.

The Marysville Rotary Club held their 32nd annual Dinner and Auction, their main fundraiser for the year which supports their service projects, charitable contributions and scholarships.

The event was held on Nov. 10 at the Tulalip Resort Casino.

"This is where we raise most of the money that we use for our charitable programs in the community," said Jon Nehring, chair for the event, next year's Marysville Rotary president and Marysville Mayor.

Many Rotary and community members come out to take part in the auction.

"This event always draws a great crowd and they love what Rotary stands for and that the money goes to good causes," said Nehring.

"You see a lot of people you know in the community and it's a chance to catch up with people," he said, "and there's a lot of great items that people like to buy."

Items available this year included a Dodge Charger with a Seahawks theme, vacation packages for Whistler, a full kitchen installation from Marysville's Brown's Plumbing and an autographed Russell Wilson Seahawks jersey.

"We try to raise more than $100,000 to put back into charity causes," said Nehring, who added the auction usually brings back around $100,000 to the club.

There are a variety of projects that the Rotary Club takes part in.

"Everything from the Marysville Community Food Bank, the Boys & Girls Club, all kinds of service projects around the city, clothes for people that need them. We also send a team to Guatemala usually a few times every year to build stoves and schools for people in need," said Nehring.

Recent contributions include projects like building cabins at a local Boy Scout camp.

"A group of our Rotarians with some money and some sweat equity helped to build new cabins for the Boy Scouts at one of their camp areas," said Nehring.

"The Scouts will now get to use those for camping. That was a really great tangible thing," he said.

Last year's scholarship ceremony, which presented scholarships to local seniors, was also one of the largest the Rotary Club has ever done.

"We had probably the most moving scholarship ceremony I've been to last year. People were crying and we gave out some significant scholarships to kids who didn't have the money to attend college or would have had to take out large loans," said Nehring.

Although Nehring was chair of the event, he said that many Rotary members come together every year to help produce the event.

"It makes my job as auction chair really easy and that is why this is such a success every year," he said.


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