Rotary barbecue is grill’s night out to benefit local organizations

By: Julie Eng, Journal Correspondent
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If you’re looking to help out the community, attending the Auburn Rotary Club annual barbecue might be the most fun you’ll ever have giving back. Proceeds from the benefit dinner-auction will go to local charities including the PlacerArts Council, student scholarships, Project Auburn, Boy Scouts, Little League, and the Peace for Families holiday dinner. For dinner, Auburn’s Rotary Club will be barbecuing salmon, chicken, baby back ribs, and tri-tip. Cocktails and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Meals are included with the purchase of a ticket, which you can buy at the door or ahead of time from any Rotarian. Attendees can also bid in a silent auction or test their luck in a raffle. Raffle prizes and auction items up for grabs include a weekend trip to the coast, a week in Squaw Valley, Southwest Airlines tickets, and oriental rugs. If you’re bringing the family, make sure your children check out the kids’ area. Barbecue chairwoman Mary Jo Payne, a mortgage loan officer at Citizens Bank, said on Thursday that children can play on a climbing wall, in a bounce house, or have their faces painted by a clown. The sheriff’s and fire departments will also be in attendance. The Sheriff’s Department will bring its search and rescue team. Payne says the fire department’s contribution to the event will be a surprise. Payne estimates they’ll have around 1,000 attendees at the fundraiser, which she said collects upward of $15,000 for local charities. The fundraiser is made possible by a long list of local sponsors, including Ceronix, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Siena Care Center, Raley’s, and the Royan family. This year will be the barbecue’s 27th year, and Payne’s second year organizing the festivities. “I’m always quite impressed with it,” Payne said. “You find people come and they don’t want to leave, they stay to catch up with everybody.” Payne said that although being barbecue chairwoman is a lot of hard work, it’s worth the effort to have the opportunity to work with others to make it happen. “It’s a great community event,” Payne said. “Everybody plays a part. That’s what makes it great, it’s a lot of people working together.” ---------- Rotary Community Barbecue When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn Tickets $25 for adults, $10 for children Information: Call (530) 852-0205 for tickets