Rotary auction and gala benefits community charities

The Maryville and Alcoa Rotary Clubs came together recently for their annual auction and fundraiser, which benefits their many community efforts.

More than 200 people attended the event, which was hosted and catered by the Airport Hilton. Guests enjoyed live music from country and western group Sisters of the Silver Screen while they enjoyed dinner and perused the offerings of a silent auction.

The night concluded with a live auction, called by County Commission Chair Steve Samples and featuring goods and services collected or donated by Rotarians. Boyce Smith acted as master of ceremonies, and members of the William Blount Rotary-affiliated youth service club Interact helped out.

Though totals are not yet final, Alcoa Rotary Club president Joe Gallagher estimates that the event raised between $17,000 and $20,000 for the Maryville and Alcoa Rotary Clubs, which distribute funds to schools, food banks and various local nonprofit social organizations.

Internationally, the 1.2 million members of Rotary in more than 200 countries have almost totally eliminated polio and work at local, national, and international levels for a variety of humanitarian causes.

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