The Enumclaw Rotary is hosting its first-ever online auction to support its philanthropic efforts around the Plateau.
The online auction is scheduled for April 28 through May 1. The Rotary is organizing the auction because its other big fundraiser, the annual summer Street Fair on Cole Street, was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, said organizer Nancy Merrill.
Enumclaw’s Rotary supports several nonprofits on the Plateau like the local Senior Center. According to Director Jobyna Nickum, the Rotary has been key in helping the Senior Center continue providing services to local seniors during the pandemic through providing funds for the Shelter-In-Place Frozen Meal Program and Rotary members dishing up hot meals for seniors during the holidays.
“But the Enumclaw Rotary’s dedication to our community seniors is best shown through their volunteer commitment to driving in their own vehicles every Monday morning to Spanaway to Airline Catering services, to pickup between 500-600 frozen meals and bringing them back to the Senior Center for that week’s delivery,” Nickum wrote in a statement. “There are no words for us to thank each member of the Enumclaw Rotary for their dedication and devotion to the seniors of the Enumclaw community during this past year — we simply couldn’t have done it without you!”
The Rotary also helps out the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation’s weekly Full Bellies program, Plateau Outreach Ministries, the Enumclaw Schools Foundation, and on top of all of that, donates up to $10,000 in annual scholarships for local students.
Merrill aims to have more than 100 items ready to auction off before the event begins at the end of the month.
“We’ve got a ton of great stuff,” she said. “There’s something for everyone, really.”
Auction items so far include:
• Two tickets for the Seattle Kracken’s inaugural season, valued at $400;
• A Blue Max smoked brisket dinner for six to eight people, valued at $150;
• A three-night stay in Sand Point, Idaho, valued at $1,200;
• A five-course dinner for six paired with L’Ecole Wines, complete with vinter Marcus Rafanelli, who will discuss wine pairings and the unique qualities of the wines with the foods over dinner;
To browse or bid on auction items, head to enumclawrotary.afrogs.org/#/browse/onlineItems.