Plymouth Rotary members, Sharon Thorne and president Sarah Holland were grateful to have the assistance of members of the PSU Women's Tennis Team and honor society students from PRHS assist them at this year's annual Penny Sale. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
November 07, 2018PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Rotary's 68th Annual Penny Sale once again brought in thousands of dollars that will be used to provide scholarships for graduating seniors and benefit many charitable organizations throughout the area, promising "Every penny raised is used to benefit our community."
Rotary President Sarah Holland said preparations for last Saturday night's sale began about two months ago when they set out to get all the regular donors to the fundraiser on board for this year.
"We have so many returning donors each year and they really make things very easy for us. We're very thankful to them," said Holland. "We're always looking for others to come partner with us, too, so this event is a nice stepping stone."
As the gymnasium at Plymouth Regional High School filled with hopeful winners of the hundreds of valuable prizes up for grabs this year, Rotary members were busy selling tickets for the first round of the raffle-style event. Each round contained 50 items for lucky ticket holders to take home, and with five rounds in all, that allowed for 250 winning opportunities. Among the many prizes were dozens of gift certificates to local businesses, home décor items, canoe and ski rentals, an Ansel Adams print, auto services, and tickets for local theater and family attractions. There were also several special Animal Zoo drawings. Anyone holding the winning ticket in those drawings got to select one of the many large stuffed animals donated by John and Sue Jehl.
In addition to the five rounds of drawings, tickets were also on sale for a special Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the night. This year's Grand Prizes were a one-week stay at Cold Spring Resort worth $1,000; a one-week stay on Newfound Lake donated by Debbie Hart with another $1,000 value; $500 in cash from Bank of New Hampshire and Bridgewater Power Company; 100-gallons of home heating oil from Dead River Co. along with a second drawing for 100-gallons of home heating oil from Pemi River Fuels; a $200 Shop Local shopping spree; a handmade lap quilt from Sarah Bunkley; and some finely crafted wood products donated by the PRHS Woodshop Class.
Assisting the Plymouth Rotary for the evening were members of the Plymouth State University Women's Tennis Team, members of both the PRHS Honor Society and Technical Honor Society, the PRHS Marketing program, and Firehouse DJ's, which provided music for the night. In the lobby, the PRHS DECA Club had food and beverages for sale and the young girls of Plymouth Junior Girl Scout Troop 59565 provided lots of great games and entertainment for children who attended the sale with their parents.