Each April starting in 2010, the club membership sponsor the Sussex Rotary Charitable Trusts Dinner & Auction to raise funds in support of our Coats for Kids program, to fund scholarships for local high school graduates, or in support of the Rotary Foundation and programs under the Foundation like clean drinking water and eradicating polio.
The Dinner & Auction raises $20,000.00 plus dollars, and the attendees currently enjoy a Chicken or Salmon dinner catered by the Sussex Legion and have enjoyed a fine dinner under the guidance of the Chef’s Table in the past.
2017 Sussex Rotary Charitable Dinner & Auction
The 8th annual Rotary Charitable Dinner & Auction was held on May 4, 2017 at the Royal Canadian Legion. The Dinner Team was headed up again this year by Rotarian Cindy Dubois.
Proceeds from the Dinner this year were primarily to support the Crosswinds’ Van Fund, and also to support our Coats for Kids program. Scotiabank gave a matching grant toward the ticket sales, and RBC donated a $1000.00 to Crosswinds in support of the Charitable Dinner. Overall, the Charitable Dinner & Auction raised over $25,000.00 in support of the work Rotary does both in the larger Sussex area and world wide.
Many local businesses generously donated prizes toward the dinner which were welcomed for the live and silent auctions. Attendees also bid high on the fabulous desserts that were made by families and friends of the Rotary members.
Special speaker for the evening was CJ (above) from Crosswinds. CJ had the attention of all attendees as he told of his experiences at Crosswinds, the impact it has made on his life, and what the addition of the new Van will mean to him and his colleagues.
Over 140 tickets were sold, and the Legion was decorated by the committee to create an atmosphere of “GIVING”.
Friends of Rotary enjoying the evening!
Vice President Lisa Brown (above) talking to Rhonda Haynes about the dessert auction schedule.
Wally & Dorothy Brown, Shelley and Malcom Vail standing with the audience, giving CJ, our guest speaker, a standing ovation for his talk.
2016 Sussex Rotary Charitable Dinner & Auction
The Rotary Club of Sussex held its 7th Annual Charitable Dinner & Auction on April 7, 2016 with an amazing new look and success. Proceeds for this years Charitable dinner were in support of Rotary’s pledge of $10,000.00 for Discovery Park & ongoing support for our Coats for Kids program.
The Sussex Elementary Home and School is currently fundraising for this project which utilizes the principles of universal design to create an outdoor play space that will offer diverse and inclusive play for all children and adults regardless of their ability. The concept sees that 90% of the features of Discovery Park are accessible for varying mobility ranges. Discovery Park will not only benefit the students at Sussex Elementary School but will attract families from other communities. This unique play space offers an environment where people of all ages and ability can play, socialize, and grow by making discoveries about themselves and the natural world around them.
Over 130 generous community friends of Rotary purchased tickets @ $75.00 per person and gathered to enjoy a choice of a chicken or salmon dinner catered by the Sussex Legion, and most importantly, to support Rotary and its community projects.
Speakers for the evening were representatives and strong believers in the need for Discovery Park. Lloyd Ravn (top photo), a well-known local comedian, community volunteer and special needs advocate, opened the presentation with a few laughs that aligned very well with the seriousness and benefits of this Park. .
Following Lloyd was his wife Jodi (middle Photo) who talked about true life experiences of being the parent of a child who will benefit from Discovery Park and what it means to their family to have an inclusive play space.
And lastly, was Shawnee McConchie (bottom photo) who gave a powerful talk on the features of the Park itself and how nature and universal design come together to create this unique play area.
We would like to thank the friends and family of the Rotary Club of Sussex that joined us for our 7th annual dinner and auction! Over $21,000 profit was realized from the evening- the biggest profit to date! These funds have been allocated to various programs we are supporting in 2016 that focus on the children in our community. Discovery Park, Coats for Kids program as well as scholarships and youth exchange programs.
A sincere thank you to the community for their continued support of auction items and ticket purchases. We would also like to recognize Scotiabank. With their “Matching Funds Program” because we had 44 tickets purchased at Scotiabank, $3300 was donated from them towards the proceeds of the dinner.
Pictured above is Mayor Steve Gillies of Sussex Corner and his wife Janice along with Don Dow showing their appreciation for the presentations.
A dessert auction was a new fund raising activity added for this year and was most entertaining and successful. Desserts were donated by Rotarians and their friends.
Another new fund raiser headed up by Committee member Tina Monahan (top photo) was Heads & Tails. Large paper coins were sold, and participants were eliminated by the toss of a coin depending on which side of the coin was on top and where you placed your bet. Bottom photo shows Rotarian Bob Black betting heads, and Giselle maybe betting tails.
2015 Dinner, Auction & Special Presentation
Honoring Alfie Smith
Dinner Ticket 2015
On April 23, 2015, over 110 people gathered at the Sussex Royal Canadian Legion for Rotary’s 6th Annual Charitable Trusts Dinner & Auction, and to recognize Alfie Smith as a Paul Harris Fellow., Rotary International’s highest honor, and to financially help the Charitable Trusts by supporting the Live & Silent Auction.
Sitting with Alpfie were some of his family and close friends (right to left) Mrs. Smith, daughters Teri & Kim, at the table beside the family are Rotarian Jeff Fuller, Jeff McDonald, and niece Patty.
As can be seen from photo above, there was an excellent gathering for the presentation and for the Dinner & Auction.
Pictured above is long time community business professional and friend, Don Stiles.
Chairperson for the evening was Rotarian Sandra Moon (left), and doing the presentation about the life of Alfie was Rotarian Wendy Osborne (right).
Auctioneer for the live auction was Brian McCullum, and helping him was Lorinda Porter.
The meal was prepared by the Chef’s Table which was enjoyed by all.
Dinner & Auction Fishing Extravaganza 2012
Second Annual Dinner – Auction 2011
On April 14, 2011, the Club held its second annual Dinner & Auction to raise funds for Community projects. Over 120 Rotarians and community supporters attended the event, and over $11,000 was raised through dinner ticket sales, 50/50 and wine ticket sales, and a live and silent auction. A new event for this year was a dessert auction with the goodies supplied by Rotarians.
Guest speaker for the evening was the Hon. Blaine Higgs (top photo), Minister of Finance for the Province. Minister Higgs gave a very interesting talk on his experiences since taking office, and how the Government is seeking all opportunities to reduce the deficit, and making itself and employees accountable.
As seen in the middle row of pictures, Minister of Natural Resources & Rotarian Bruce Northrup waits on the side line to roll out the first live auction item which was purchased by Cathy Healy. Auctioneer Bev Folkins addresses the crowd in the center picture, while Rotarian Roger Albert poses a a question and listens to District Governor John Carkner.
In the bottom row of pictures, Rotarians and guests mingle and review the auction items during the evening.
First Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction 2010
The Rotary Club of Sussex held its first annual Rotary Fundraising Dinner and Auction at the Sussex Legion on April 15th, 2010. 140 tickets were sold, with over 125 people in attendance. The evening consisted of a salmon dinner with turkey as the alternative, a live auction with Bev Folkins as auctioneer, and a silent auction. Entertainment was provided by Magician Don Mockler, the Magic Man. The local and surrounding community supported the Club with over $9,000.00 in donated gifts for the auctions, and the Club realized over $10,000.00 to support its community Rotary projects.
The Committee was comprised of Robert E. Kimball Jr. as chair, Barb Crowe as Prize captain, Rhoda Wilson as ticket captain, Robert J. Kimball as wine tree captain, and committee members Andrew Palmer, Wendy Osborne, Lou McNamara, Kim Pearson, Donna Gilchrist, Bruce Northrup, Mayor Ralph Carr, and JC Robert Lockhart. During the evening of the dinner, Rotarians Robert Kimball Jr. & Bruce Northrup were pleased to welcome the help of their spouses Melissa and Kim in selling tickets and delivering prizes for the live auction.
Top photo: Seen in left background are Mayor Ralph Carr, Wendy Osborne, Glenn Wood; front Carolyn Lockhart, Carl Rioux of the Yellow Pages Group, and Judy Wood, all viewing and discussing the silent auction items.
Next photo: MC Lou McNamara wetting his vocal cords before the start up, and Chairman Robert Kimball doing last minute check ups.
Next two photos: Our attendees who we are very grateful for their financial support! At one table are seated Assistant District Governor Kevin Tupper and Club President Frank Derrah.
Next photo: Rotary Fundraising Dinner & Auction Chairman Robert Kimball Jr. delivers a prize to a winner.
Next photo: Don Mockler, the Magician Man, views the audience while he prepares for a magocal moment.
Bottom photo: Bev Folkins, the auctioneer for the live auction, reaches out to the attendees looking for that last dollar to help the rotary Club meet their financial target for the evening.