The Sedalia Rotary Club will host its 48th annual benefit auction Friday, April 26 at Best Western State Fair Motor Inn, 32nd and Limit.

Money raised will go to various local and international programs, it was noted.
Specifically, this year's funds will support:

*“Sedalia Community Helping Hands” which works to prevent displacement of poor and disabled persons who homes violate Sedalia's building codes, by connecting repair and clean-up projects with community service teams and organizations

*A Smith-Cotton JROTC scholarship in memory of past Rotarian and Former Club President Amanda May

*And creation of a “Community Hope Chest” that will support local families who have been dealt “life-altering” events that have left them with current financial struggles
The April 26 event will include a live auction and silent auction, along with food and drink, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Donation of auction items will be accepted. This also includes a service donation, cash or company sponsorship.

Sponsorships are available at the Golden Spike level, the Silver Scholar level, the Service Above Self level and Friends of Rotary level.

It should be noted that items donated that have a value of $100 or more will secure a free admission ticket to the event, which includes food and beverage. All items are due by April 12.

A goal of $30,000 has been set for Rotary's benefit auction.

Doors on that Friday will open at 5:30. A silent auction will begin at 6 and a live auction will begin at 7.

The Sedalia Rotary Club is a 501(C)4 organization and is celebrating 101 years of service to the community.

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To be tax-exempt as a social welfare organization described in Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501(c)(4), an organization must not be organized for profit and must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare.

A short list of the projects Rotary has pursued over the years include:

*Construction of a restroom facility at the Katy Trail Mini Park on Clarendon Road

*Liberty Park Lagoon Arch Bridge

*Liberty Park North Shelter

*Katy Trail access shelter at the Mo State Fair

*Bothwell Regional Health Center Cancer Care Reflecting Garden

About 20 percent of contributions to Rotary goes to fund academic scholarships, including a partial four-year scholarship

Other recent projects include:

*Monthly service at the Community Cafe`

*Annual scholarships for students attending all six Pettis County high schools

*The Embassy, a mens' and womens' life assistance residence

*Habitat For Humanity, which builds homes for individuals in need

*Waters For Grace, a local missionary group working in Haiti

*Assisting the World Health Organization with working to eradicate polio

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“Your contributions will be carefully directed in efforts to better people's lives locally and worldwide and to develop our youth in becoming tomorrow's leaders,” said Project Committee Chair for Sedalia Rotary Ryan Wiedeman.

For more information, contact Wiedeman at (660) 287-7990. Or call Leslie Wimer at (573) 819-4495.

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