The Rotary Club of 100 Mile House has raised funds throughout the year for the local projects it does.
The biggest fundraiser of 2011 was its first annual Lobsterfest.
“It was a great event, we raised about $15,000,” says Rotary president Daryl Silverton.
The lobsterfest profits went towards local projects, including the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School scholarship program, the 100 Mile Community Hall and the Seniors Christmas Dinner.
“We are planning another Lobsterfest, probably around the same time of year [late September], and we are aiming for a full house.
“Fundraisers are town dependent. This town gets hit hard with various events throughout the year and I’m grateful for all of their support.”
The Seniors Christmas Dinner has been an annual event for 36 years, Silverton says, adding the local Rotary Club has been looking after it for the last 30 years.
“The seniors have paid their dues. They have built up our community, not just as business owners but as residents who have supported the area.”
Silverton says the 2011 Seniors Dinner was the first one he attended, but he helped with set-up at the previous ones.
“It was a huge success, but it’s not just Rotary that gets involved, it’s the whole town.”
He adds it’s great to have the whole community be involved and get together for such a worthwhile event.
Another successful fundraiser in 2011 was the making the winning bid at the third annual Celebration of Lights. The Rotary Club along with Blinds by Maureen, Extra Mile Home Inspections, and the Royal Bank purchased a tree for $1,500 to go towards the 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre Society.
“The tree then went to the Royal Bank where people could buy a raffle ticket in the hopes of winning it.”
He adds the total donation was $2,250 for the Women’s Centre.
“Big Country donated a truck and I delivered the tree just in time for Christmas. The raffle winner was pretty excited.”