What’s better than a full-on tailgate with wings, sliders, drinks and a chance to go home with some cool stuff you didn’t walk in with?
At least that’s what the Fort Mill Rotary Club is counting on as members prepare for Friday night’s annual fundraiser at the Anne Springs Close Greenway Dairy Barn. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is free. Eat drink and get psyched for all your weekend football action, Rotarians say, and throw a bid at one of the many valuable items that will be auctioned off.
And there are touchdowns galore.
Auction items include laser procedures at Christenbury Eye Center in Charlotte, vacation rentals in the mountains and at the beach and “two tricked-out golf carts,” said Rotary President Jeff Harr.
Just to name a few.
“We have local orthodontists with two sets of braces and people will fight over that,” Harr joked.
Although Rotary, whose members represent the town’s business community, is dedicated to service and holds other events through the year, the auction is the annual fundraiser the organization counts on to position itself to dole out financial aid as needed to non-profits such as the Fort Mill Care Center, Girls On The Run, The Humane Society of York County, Angel Food and many others, including a newer group that sponsors a mobile breast cancer screening facility.
“What a great thing,” Harr said.
Ann Edenfield, the president-elect succeeding Harr, explained that because Rotary puts so much hope into the auction each year, members go all-out to make sure participations have a good time.
“This is our one and only main fundraiser,” she said. “We have to make it count!”
Last year, it was held in spring and had a beach theme. Like everyone else, Rotary members know fall is for football, so the tailgate idea was a natural, Edenfield said.
“There will be lots of football packages and lots of cool stuff [to bid on],” she said.
Food will be supplied by Beef O’ Brady’s, owned by Fort Mill Rotarian Michael Hunt. Among other dishes, he’ll be serving up Falcons Wings and Yellow Jackets Wings in honor of Nation Ford and Fort Mill high schools.
“We’ll have football games going on, food and drinks and all kinds of fun, so we hope a lot of people come out,” Edenfield said.
Last year’s auction netted $62,000 for local groups.
“And it all went right back into the community,” Harr said.
“It’s what we do,” Edenfield said.
Harr said local groups that want to apply for a grant just need to fill out a simple form he can supply. Anyone interested can call Harr at 704-241-4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.