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Rotary Annual Garage Sale set for Saturday
Greg Rogers recalled being hugged by a woman who purchased a washing machine for $15 at the Rotary Annual Garage Sale five years ago as he organized household items Tuesday at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds for this year’s sale.
“There are multiple aspects of giving,” said Rogers, committee chair of the Rotary Annual Garage Sale and member of the South Kitsap Rotary.
Items ranging from sporting equipment and kitchen utensils to books, clothes and furniture are donated by the public for the sale, which are sold at reasonable prices. The proceeds then benefit the participating rotary clubs — Bremerton, East Bremerton, Silverdale and South Kitsap — which use the money to award scholarships and pay for community projects.
“The sale really helps the community in many ways,” Rogers said.
In its 14th year, the sale will be held Saturday, April 16 at the Kitsap Pavilion and Van Zee Building at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. In addition to the garage sale items, there will also be live and silent auctions.
Dick Burkey, a member of the Bremerton Rotary Club, who has volunteered at the sale for the past 11 years and organized the event last year, said about $40,000 was raised last year.
Besides that, the sale resulted in a lot less clutter.
“People get a chance to clear out their attic or garage,” Burkey said. “Items just get recycled and money goes back to the community.”
The Bremerton Rotary Club distributes 14 scholarships to Bremerton High School students a year and an upcoming project for the group includes creating a walking path through the park next to Harrison Medical Center, Burkey said. The group plans to start the project in May.
Aside from awarding scholarships to students, the Silverdale Rotary Club has plans to help refurbish and clean the Kitsap Kids Playground, located at the fairgrounds. The group will take on that project in the next few months, said Mary Hoover, a member of the club.
Last month, members of the club voted to donate $200,000 to the Haselwood Family YMCA in Silverdale, said Richard Arper, president of the Silverdale club. This will be the largest amount of money the Rotary will donate toward one project in its history — the club started in 1955. Throughout a five-year period, the club will donate $150,000 and the remaining $50,000 will come from members, Arper said. The 85,000-square-foot $22 million YMCA facility is set to open June 1.
“If there’s something good going on in Silverdale or Central Kitsap, there’s probably a Rotary wheel behind it somewhere,” said Jack Hamilton, a member of the group.
If it’s anything like last year, people will be waiting outside the gates before the doors to the sale open — but Rotarians said none of it is possible without the volunteers who have helped drive large pieces to the fairgrounds, organized the items, donated goods and help out during the sale day. Rogers said aside from members, sailors from the USS Nimitz have helped with preparations, and chefs from Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor volunteered with providing food breaks.
“It’s volunteers and donations — we wouldn’t be able to pull off an event like this without them,” Rogers said.
Rotary Annual Garage Sale
Kitsap Pavilion and Van Zee Building at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds
1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16