HARKER HEIGHTS — With the Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl showdown right around the corner, members of the Killeen Rotary Club donned their favorite team’s jersey during the club’s annual fundraiser Saturday night at the St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center.
As the club’s biggest and only fundraising drive of the year, each member was charged with selling at least eight tickets and donating an item to the silent auction.
Money generated will help fund four $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors, the club’s Adopt-a-School program, support Boy Scout Troop 28, eradicate polio and send several youth to the club’s weeklong leadership academy, just to name a few of the club’s initiatives.
Gene Steele, club president, said the group’s biggest project this year is to help Families in Crisis get a homeless shelter off the ground.
“Once a building is secured, our club will furnish the future dining room,” he said. “All the money we raise today will go right back into the community.”
Ticket holders were automatically entered to win a Suzuki Ozark Quad Runner donated by Jim Foster, owner of Killeen Power Sports and a Morning Club member. He’s been donating a four-wheeler to the fundraiser for the past 15 years.
Also up for grabs were a 42-inch Sanyo flat screen TV and a 7 mm Weatherby rifle, along with silent auction items donated by club members.
“We are a small club (about 35 members), but the camaraderie and fellowship is great,” said Amy Millsap, community services chairwoman and past president. “I joined Rotary over 20 years ago because the club affords me the opportunity to make a difference locally and internationally.”
Students from the culinary arts program at Central Texas College prepared a barbecue meal.
Steele estimated the club will raise more than $12,000 at the event.
The club meets at noon on Wednesdays at the Shilo Inn, 3701 S. W.S. Young Drive in Killeen. For more information about the Killeen Rotary Club, go to www.killeenrotary.org.