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Its cha-ching for Rotary auction

Sellout Lobster Feed benefit raises funds for local charities
by: J. Brian Monihan, 
Even though it sprinkled Saturday, poor weather was not a factor at the Lake Oswego Rotary Lobster Feed and Auction. The auction is held inside under the same large tent used for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. The tent is made possible through a substantial donation by Wells Fargo Bank.

Saturday's Lake Oswego Rotary Club Lobster Feed and Charity Auction was a complete success - both as a fundraiser and a scrumptious meal.

'The event was a sellout,' said Nancy LaBonte, chair. 'We seated and fed 634 under the big top. The event grossed more than $270,000. We raised over $80,000 in the oral auction alone.'

Dinner included Maine lobster, a clambake and all the fixings.

LaBonte noted that in addition, the Special Appeal generated gross donations in excess of $25,000.

'Several oral auction items were so popular that they were sold to multiple bidders reflecting the generosity of our donors,' LaBonte said. 'The donation that excited the most interest and competitive bidding was dinner with Mayor and Mr. Hammerstad at their home served by the city council.'

Auction charities supported by the event include:

* Lakewood Center for the Arts

* Clackamas Women's Services

* Lake Oswego School Foundation

* Oswego Heritage Council

* Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

* Special Appeal Beneficiary - Children of the Golden Triangle

LaBonte said there were four Silent Auction sections and all saw heavy bidding.

'The instant wine cellar, and treasure chest raffles, and the Golden Ticket raffle were big hits,' said LaBonte. 'Receiving the highest bid amount was a trip to three European capitals donated by Avanti Destinations that went for $6,400.'