Flappers, gangsters and their molls came to Seaside’s convention center Saturday night to celebrate the Rotary Club of Seaside’s annual fundraiser dinner and auction, the Roaring 20s Gala.
The special appeal raised $12,450 for holiday programs including Shop with a Cop, Rotary President Raven Brown said, with about 280 people in attendance. Final tallies will be available next week.
Guests wore period costumes and bid on auction items in a night geared to local charities, including the Shop With a Cop program. This year, the program expands to 20 students and the law enforcement partners will include Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office deputies and an Oregon State Police officer who serves the local area, in addition to officers from the local police departments.
Funds raised also support community projects including the Rotary Youth Exchange, academic scholarships and the Christmas Wishing Tree program.
Internationally, Rotary Foundation supports clean water throughout the world and eradication of polio.
The gala, Seaside Rotary’s main fundraising event, is put on each fall featuring a different theme. This year’s event committee was chaired by Rotary members Al Peinhardt and Greg Sawyer.
Additional gala funds will go toward creating a new scholarship to help a local student acquire vocational training or attend trade school. Rotary gifts about $20,000 in scholarships to Seaside High School graduates pursuing education.