Dec 1, 2015
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The Richmond Rotary Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year — the Holiday Auction on Friday — is set to benefit local schools and organizations.

Both silent and live auctions will mix with complimentary wine and homemade egg nogg at this year’s event at Richmond Country Club at 1 Markovich Lane. The live auction begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. and the $20 lunch comes with entertainment.

Auction items were donated from all over the community. They include dinner and stay at East Brother Lighthouse, courtesy of Mayor Tom Butt, vacations to Mexico and Quebec, a portrait of your choosing by local artist Alan Blavins, collectibles and a host of other items. Patty Canessa, Chevron Richmond public affairs manager, is also offering a private tour of the Richmond Refinery & Technology Center for six guests, followed by lunch at the Hotel Mac.

See a fuller list of auction items here.

Our favorite auction item, of course, is the $2 bottle of Muscatel. It is offered every year, but the purchaser is prohibited from drinking it. The bottle must be returned for the following year’s Holiday Auction. Over the years, that bottle has raised more than $35,000, the club said.

“You cannot—must not—drink it,” the club says. “After purchasing this Holiday Auction tradition, the Bottle of Muscatel waits quietly in your closet, ready to step up to the auction block the following year.”

Butt, a Rotarian, said the event supplies funding for all of the club’s Richmond projects for the year.

“This is a very popular and fun occasion and my favorite Rotary event of the year,” Butt said in his e-forum newsletter. “This event raises the money we donate to local schools and community organizations. Your contributions support dozens of local organizations that make Richmond a good place to live.”

The photo above, posted originally to a Richmond Rotary Facebook group, is of Rotarians helping out at a local tree planting event.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.