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Rotary baked goods auction raises $3K to fight polio

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The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club held its third annual baked goods holiday auction recently and raised over $1,000 for the polio eradication program of Rotary International.

Twenty Rotarians worked in their kitchens to produce such delectable desserts as pies, cheesecake, cookies, toffee, scones, fudge, cakes, cinnamon rolls, banana/zucchini bread and even doggie treats.

Following a short business meeting, guest judges Rich and Anne Marie Riley of Rileyís Rail House sampled each dessert and judged it on presentation and taste. The top three winners were Martha Brubakerís pecan pie; Club President Ralph Caronís apple pie; and former member and guest Cheryl Meierís English toffee.

All three winners received gift certificates from Dairy Queen, thanks to Scott Pendleton, while John Fritz of Fritz Auction Service conducted a spirited and fun auction and showed what success a group can have by using a professional auctioneer.

However, the real winner of the dayís auction was the Polio Eradication effort of Rotary International. Thanks to the current matching program by the Bill and the Melinda Gates Foundation, the $1000 raised will generate $3,000.

In 2017, only 17 new cases of polio have been confirmed in the world and these were in just two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Rotary International is committed to eradicating polio and every local Rotary club is doing its part to help make this happen.

To make a donation to the local club, please contact Club President Ralph Caron or mail a check to Treasurer Jane Delligatti at the Chesterton YMCA.


Posted 12/28/2017





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