Social Scene: Tahoe City Rotary’s fall fundraiser harvests a big bounty
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. andamp;#8212; It was Aristotle who said, andamp;#8220;The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.andamp;#8221; That expression aptly describes the Tahoe City Rotary’s Benefit Auction Oct. 2 at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The gargantuan silent auction featured 300 auction items displayed on long tables that filled up an entire room. Trust me, that’s a lot of items to assemble for one silent auction event andamp;#8212; not to mention all the live auction items.The auction event was truly a team effort. Members of the Rotary Club worked together to amass an impressive assemblage of revenue-generating items, led by auction event chair Randy Pomin and his committee consisting of Bruce Pohle, Dale Chamblin, Don Priest, Gary Meadville, Jerry Pearlman, Jim Cline, Jim Fleming, Patti Boxeth, Roger Ramseier, Warren Wagner, Jeff Cleeland and Steve Swigard.After 28 years of producing the annual fundraiser, the club has the auction down pat, running it like a drill team. All the hard work paid off handsomely. The evening netted nearly $50,000 which the club will award to 30-plus nonprofits and scholarships. andamp;#8220;Although we only have 50 members in our club, we usually receive the Rotary district’s award each year for the highest per capita amount raised per member,andamp;#8221; said Rotarian Randy Pomin. andamp;#8220;Truckee Rotary may beat us in the annual ski challenge, but we best them when it comes to fundraising.andamp;#8221;The evening began with passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as 200 guests mingled and scrutinized the silent auction items before the numbered tables were closed down from bidding in numerical order. Then a three course sit down dinner was served in the ballroom, accompanied by music from the award-winning North Tahoe High School jazz band under the direction of Dean Nordby. An entertaining movie about the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Tahoe, this year’s signature charity, was shown. The first $15,000 raised from the event went directly to the Club. Auctioneer extraordinaire Jim Simon conducted the live auction of several high ticket items, which got quite lively when an expedition to Mt. Rainier was auctioned off.Some of those bidding on all the booty were Sheri and Bruce Pohle, Nileta and Dick Morton, Berticia and Jerry Pearlman, Diane and Frank Rosman, Meredith Rosenberg, Emily and Ron Farrell, Megan and Dr. Tyson Lechner, Jan Colyer, Amy and Andy Levy, Pat Castellucci, Dottie and Bob Scoville, Patti and Gary Boxeth, Judy Friedman, Jimalu and Gary Davis, Andrew Cross, Leah Kaufman with her mother Margo, Shirley and Don Hale, Pam and Dale Chamblin, Karen Willcuts and Dave Wilderotter, Aline and Emilio Vaca, Kathy and Steve Swigard, Kay Williams, Carol and John Eichhorn, Muffy and Jerry Betker, Rosemary Math and Todd Mather, Clydine and Gary Meadville, Terry and Ken Yagura, Sha and Dr. Tim Schroeder and Pammie and Randy Pomin.andamp;#8212; Vicki Kahn may be reached at email@example.com
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