Rotary Fun Night

More than 300 people attend fundraiser

The Inter-Mountain photo by Heather Goodwin Henline Rotary Club of Elkins members Hoy Ferguson, from left, Merllene Yorkey and Jim Schoonover, take tickets from those arriving at Rotary Fun Night on Saturday at the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins.

ELKINS — More than 300 people were seeing green Saturday night at the Phil Gainer Community Center as the Rotary Club of Elkins hosted its annual Fun Night fundraiser.

Katy Ross got the crowd into the Irish spirit with bagpipe music, while club members and residents settled in for a cocktail hour with heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar.

A wealth of silent auction items were up for bid, including artwork, tools, gift certificates, baskets of locally made goods and much more. Attendees of the event placed bids throughout the evening for the items, which were donated by local businesses and residents alike.

“The Rotary Club of Elkins is so grateful for the massive turnout of people who came out in support of Fun Night,” said Club Vice President and Inter-Mountain Publisher and General Manager Heather Goodwin Henline. “The community center was alive with the spirit of Service Above Self Saturday evening as we raised money to support local schools, libraries and other philanthropic causes.”

“We want to thank attendees, our event sponsors and numerous partners and volunteers who made Fun Night possible and extra special this year,” Goodwin Henline added.

The Inter-Mountain photo by Matthew Burdette Rotary Fun Night attendees take part in the live auction

After the cocktail hour, attendees lined up for a scrumptious meal, also prepared by Vintage, while being entertained by DJ Lance Henline. Menu items included, prime rib, shepherd’s pie, pasta primavera, vegetables, baked potatoes and cheesecake and bread pudding.

Games, such as a giant Jenga and cornhole served as after-dinner activities as those in attendance prepared for the main event, the live auction.

Auctioneer Bill Johnson, assisted by Mike Ross and emcee Brad Allen, encouraged the crowd to bid on several big-ticket packages like Polar Express tickets, tickets to a Pittsburgh Pirates game, 20 tons of gravel provided by JF Allen, a vacation package and homemade treats made by Teresa Ferguson, among other items.

“This is a really great event,” said Delegate Bill Hartman. “There’s a great turnout, and it supports a good cause.”

Several other prize drawings took place throughout the evening, including 50/50 tickets and several cash prizes. The $1,000 cash grand prize was won by Mike Ross.

Aaron’s in Elkins offers Rotary Fun Night attendees comfortable places to sit Saturday night at the Phil Gainer Community Center

“There were some exciting changes and enhancements to Fun Night this year,” Goodwin Henline said. “The opportunity to return to our historic venue, now known as the Phil Gainer Community Center, afforded us the space necessary to add the fun back to Fun Night. The super menu put forth by Vintage also delighted the crowd.”

Supporters of the event included: The Inter-Mountain, platinum sponsor; Isner Law, auction sponsor; Citizens Bank of West Virginia, entertainment sponsor; Aaron’s, lounge sponsor; and Big Timber Brewing Company, Elkins Distributing and Valley Distributing, beverage sponsors.

The Inter-Mountain photos by Heather Goodwin Henline Rotary Club of Elkins members Pat Schoonover, from left, Merllene Yorkey and Jim Schoonover take a break from the registration table to greet Chris Lee, far right, manager of the Phil Gainer Community Center