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Rotary Fish Fry & Car Raffle huge success, fun for all

ROTARIANS Mike Williams, Derrill Painter, and Shawn Silman pull the winning ticket for the new vehicle. It was #1068 and the winner was Matt Clendenin.
ROTARIANS Mike Williams, Derrill Painter, and Shawn Silman pull the winning ticket for the new vehicle. It was #1068 and the winner was Matt Clendenin.

NORTH SHORE – The Rotary Club of North Shore held another successful Fish Fry, their 40th Annual event of this type, and entertained and fed about a thousand people last Saturday afternoon, at the Rotary Pavilion on Wallisville Road.

A donation of $100 gave you a chance to win a new vehicle, your choice of a Toyota Tundra truck, or a Avalon sedan. Nineteen other prizes were also awarded.

The event was held from 11 a.m. to over 4 p.m., due to a large number of auction items that had been donated. Auctioneer Lynn Spell and Scott Stephens were busy taking bids on almost 100 items, that ranged from handmade objects such as a quilt, sports memorabilia, and exotic trips and vacations. Bidding was lively, and reached very high prices on some items.

Fish Fry chairman Mike Williams reported that the event raised over $150,000 in the live auction, another $160,000 in ticket sales, and additional income from sponsorships and silent auction. This money is returned to the community throughout the year, in scholarships, support of youth projects, and other community projects as well as the Rotary Foundation nationally.

Major sponsors included Holiday Inn Houston East, Basic Equipment, Bestway Oilfield, Blue Northern A/C, Community Toyota Honda Kia, Galena Park ISD Education Foundation, and San Jacinto College Foundation. In addition, there were 23 other sponsors.

The vehicle for the winner was provided by Community Toyota of Baytown. The winner, Matt Clendenin, said that he would choose the Tundra pick-up truck of the two choices he had.

The Fish Fry is an event that involves all the club members, and takes a great deal of work to accomplish, said club president Allatia Harris, who thanked all that participated as Rotarians, sponsors, bidders, and attendees.