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M’ville Rotary nets $150,000 at annual auction
EVERETT — The Marysville Noon Rotary netted approximately $150,000 for local and global community needs at their 24th annual auction and dinner, held Nov. 1 this year at the Everett Events Center.
“It was a little more difficult this year,” said Larry Trivett, auction chair and president-elect of the Marysville Noon Rotary. “That affects the amount that people can give.”
Trivett still expressed pride in the generosity and effort of everyone involved, citing their contributions of time, money and auction items as evidence of the Rotary’s motto of “service above self.”
“The people who put this together have donated hundreds of hours to make it a success,” Trivett said. “My job has job been to guide them.”
Among those who appreciated the Rotary’s work as shoppers were Troy and Amie Mobley, who returned for their second year of browsing through, and bidding on, auction items.
“I’m keeping an eye on lawn and garden supplies,” said Troy Mobley. “We’re looking to get some rockeries built.”
“We sometimes wait until the last minute to write our numbers down on the closing bids,” said Amie Mobley. “We’re also looking for Christmas presents and gift baskets.”
The Mobleys are not Rotary members themselves, but they were invited by Jody Widman and they enjoy supporting charitable causes.
While the items up for bid ranged from a barbecue grill to a Seahawks party basket, none attracted quite as much attention as an 11-week-old longhaired Daschund, whom N.J. O’Rourke seemed hesitant to part with.
“My husband and his clients donated it,” O’Rourke said, as she scratched the dog’s tummy. “We already have three dogs, seven cats, five horses and two sheep.”
O’Rourke herself was interested in the travel options being offered at the auction. This year marked her 10th attendance of the auction, which she deemed “a fun, great way to give back to the community.”
Stanwood residents Leah and Daren Jamieson belong to the Marysville Rotary because they maintain a Marysville business, Leo Palmer Escrow. They wrote bids for car cleaning and auto detailing gift certificates, for their son’s car.
“We’ve been coming to these since they started at the YMCA,” said Leah Jamieson. “It’s neat to meet people we do business with, and it’s all for a good cause.”
After the silent auction had concluded, but before the live auction began, Trivett thanked the Julie family, Marysville Mayor Dennis Kendall and his wife, and everyone else in attendance for making the event possible. He drew laughter and applause with an extra comment about the woman of Rotary.
“Without you ladies, I’m not even sure we’d be here,” said Trivett, who also singled out his wife Teresa for praise, noting that Nov. 2 would be their 34th anniversary. “We’ve been involved in the food bank, the Marysville Historical Society, the city and the school district. We’ve built schools in Guatemala. The dollars you give are in trust that they’ll be spent wisely.”