Posted on Aug 21, 2022

Thanks to everyone in the community and the scores of volunteers, this year’s Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale resulted in an all time record.  Gross proceeds were in excess of $725,000.

 

Pictured here, ready to make their Auction purchases are State Senator Christine Rolfes, Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer and Rotary President Vince DiCarolis.

 

It’s a big win -win for everyone. After expenses every bit of this is given back to the community in the form of Scholarships, Community Grants to needy organizations, World Community Service projects and special non-profit projects….. on and off the island.

The Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale represents so much to so many people. Some volunteers have been with us for decades. They are joined by their spouses, siblings, children, and grandchildren. For dozens of Bainbridge Island youth, the nine days they spend at Woodward preparing for the Auction & Rummage Sale is akin to a summer day camp — for many of them, it is one of their first experiences of having responsibility placed on them by persons other than their parents and teachers.

The Auction & Rummage Sale is also a massive recycle/reuse/repurpose effort. We recycled tons of cardboard, metal, and plastic. In addition, the event provides durable goods to local nonprofit organizations. Following the Sale, we invited dozens of local nonprofits to the site to find treasures among the unsold items. We partnered with ARC of the Peninsulas, which hauled away several trailers of goods.

Thanks to YOU

We are so very grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly during set-up week and on Sale Day. They brought talent, fortitude, and good humor. They make the magic happen.