Posted on Apr 01, 2020
Given the wealth of questions about how this public health crisis will evolve over the coming weeks and months, it is with sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale. This was a painful decision, but the health and safety of all who participate is paramount. Each year, more than 1,500 volunteers contribute many thousands of volunteer hours to make our unique annual community tradition a success. This work begins in earnest early each spring, which means that the decision to protect our community members cannot be deferred.
2020 Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale Cancelled
Due To COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
Bainbridge Island, WA, April 1, 2020—Like communities across the globe, Bainbridge Island and greater Kitsap County are grappling with the global pandemic of COVID-19. In this extraordinary time, members of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island are proud to be part of our strong and vibrant community. We are confident that by working together and taking care of our most vulnerable neighbors, we will weather this uncertain storm.
The Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale is a massive community fundraiser, and its absence will be felt. Over just the past five years, the Rotary Auction raised more than $2 million to fund community grants to nonprofits, large community projects, scholarships for Bainbridge Island students, international humanitarian projects, and other worthy causes that support our community. Additionally, each year unsold Auction items are put to good use by many nonprofit organizations. To help address the impact of this year’s cancellation, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island is exploring alternative ways to raise money to continue our community support.
We thank all of our past volunteers, sponsors, vendors, shoppers, and everyone who has ever loaded up a car full of treasures and driven it to Woodward Middle School. As for that box of Rotary Auction donations in your garage right now, please keep it going for 2021. Next year’s Rotary Auction, which will be our 60th, will be a community celebration like none other.
Our community is tenacious, and the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club’s passion and commitment to community service will not waver. We will stand together and emerge stronger for our efforts. May you and your loved ones be safe and well.