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Reverse Drawing Dinner for a noble cause

The Wasco Rotary Club held its 2022 Reverse Drawing Dinner last Thursday. Guests enjoyed a steak dinner, drinks, auction items and the chance to win $5,000.

Club member Martin Lonza served as the master of ceremonies and helped draw the names for the reverse raffle.

"I think it was another successful event," he said. "It's always fun to call people's names."

"We have a strong group of supporters that continually contribute and, in turn, help us make the community better through their donations to our nonprofit."

The reverse raffle saw many winners; in particular, five people took home $1,000 each. They were: Matt Schrader, Tony Stout, Lucia Lopez, Bill Doak and Duviet Rodriguez.

"I am happy I won because it will really help me. It came at a good time," said Lopez.

Those that attended said the event was well planned.

"It was awesome. I liked how they ran everything, plus I got to talk to some of my friends I hadn't seen in a while," Cherylee Wegman-Craig said.

With the planning, club President Oscar Luna said one member stood out, "Tony Stout is our coordinator. He does an amazing job, and we credit him for his hard work."

The event had a special place in Petra Rueda's heart. Of her late husband, she said, "It was his tradition to attend every year. He loved it. I told my daughter we had to continue coming for him."

Many key leaders from Wasco attended.

Jose Gonzalez from Strata Credit Union said, "It was a beautiful event, and I saw that there were school superintendents, the city manager, and current and past mayors."

Mayor Gilberto Reyna said, "I think it's a great gathering. This helps the Rotary Club to raise funds to use in all of the wonderful things they do for the city of Wasco."

The dinner, catered by Pat Ketcherside and David Ward and crew, received rave reviews.

"The steak was cooked perfect," Cecil Zimmerman said.

Andrea Guevara said, "I think it was special because everyone was united to help the Rotary. I've been several times and keep coming back because it's always a good time and nice environment."

Students from Wasco High School were on hand as volunteers to serve the meals.

Maria Soto said of the experience, "I wanted to try something new and something that I could learn to help me in the future."

The evening could not have been possible without the generosity sponsors, including Brown Armstrong CPAs, SC Architect Inc., Supreme Almonds of California, Albert Associates CPAs LLC, Asphalt Coatings Engineers, Certis USA Inc., Sonblest Nut Co., Wasco Hardware & Ag Inc., Almendros Inc., Crettol Farms, Wasco Veterinary Clinic and Wingate Real Estates Services.

The club advocates for many local organizations, including the Wasco Community Scholarship Association, Wasco Parks and Recreation District, Wasco Football Boosters Club, Orange Heart Foundation, Boys Scouts of America, Toys for Tigers, Wasco Rose Queen Pageant and American Cancer Society, to name a few.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the Club's philanthropic efforts.


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