When the auctioneer calls for participants at the Lakewood Rotary Club’s Sportsman’s Dinner & Auction March 20 to raise their paddle he will be asking for funding for an organization that works in the background to help primarily women and children get a new lease on life.
Family Renewal Shelter will be the beneficiary of the special fundraising session as part of Lakewood Rotary’s 40th annual Sportsman’s Dinner & Auction. The event is slated for the McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College of March 20. Doors open at 5 pm.
Since 1986 Family Renewal Shelter, through its confidential shelters and programs, has offered the necessities of safety and life to domestic violence victims who are at highest risk. At first contact we do whatever it takes to get the victims and their children out of harm’s way. Besides our basic emergency services we provide an on-site technology center, survival self-defense classes, spiritual support, pet therapy, an animal kennel for victims’ pets, Cars for Families Program, educational scholarships, relocation help and transitional housing.
You can find out more about this vital community asset online.
Raising funds for the Family Renewal Shelter is just one aspect of this event, according to Lakewood Rotary President Greg Horn. “Over the 40 years that this event has been going on the club has raised and distributed approximately $2 million,” he noted. The funds have gone to a wide variety of organizations and causes. Lakewood Rotary was the organizer and lead in building the Playground @ Ft. Steilacoom Park in 2005.
Tony Robinson, chairman of this year’s fundraiser said he expects approximately 450 to attend the dinner and silent and oral auctions. He noted that there will be approximately 400 to 500 items available for purchase with progressive dinners, cruises, condos in exotic places, gutter cleaning and much, much more included.
Lakewood Rotary, with its 125 members, has been serving the community for more than 50 years. Each month the club recognizes a student and a teacher from the Clover Park and Steilacoom School Districts. A speaker who entertains and educates the members attending highlights the weekly meetings at Tacoma Country & Golf Club.
The Sportsman’s Dinner & Auction is open to the public. Tickets are $50 each and can be obtained by sending your name, address, phone and email address to:
Lakewood Rotary Sportsman’s Dinner, POBox 98786, Lakewood, WA 98496. Include a check for $50 per person or a credit card number for processing.