The Southtowne SpeakEasy was a dinner, auction, mystery theater. costume contest, and multi-media event, with loads of fun elements, a Mystery Radio play, and the “Hunt for the Hidden Chalice.” Through the use of multimedia presentations, clues were revealed to help tables compete for the grand prize, the super-stocked “Hooch Wagon!”
In addition, throughout the night, videos were presented to introduce different segments of fundraising, and the work we do at Southtowne Rotary both locally and Internationally. In the end, more than close to $70,000 was raised for a variety of charity and club-focused projects.
The Event Program is Loaded with Information, details, and THANK YOUs to everyone who participated.
Click the Link Below to Download a PDF version of the SpeakEasy Program!
Follow along with the fun…the information…and the clues!
The SpeakEasy Intro to the Mystery and Introduction to Bill Harris
The Next Segment Introduced our Emergency Food Box Program, along with the Dessert Dash.
Southtowne Rotary does more than 400 Emergency Food Boxes each year, for families in need from our Head Start program partners.
Next on the agenda, was the Special Appeal for Friends of Buyijja.
At Southtowne Rotary, we have begun supporting the work being done by Friends of Buyijja, started by our own Rotarian, Patric Miller. The primary mission of this small but vital group, is providing education supplies and books for the village school in Buyijja. This school services 270 students, who before Friends of Buyijja became active, had no books, clean drinking water, electricity, or sanitary bathrooms.
This Special Paddle Raise plea, raised $5,900. Enough to fund an entire year of books and supplies.
The passing of one of our most beloved Southtowne Rotarians hit us all hard. But knowing that we could continue the kind of work that made him a passionate volunteer for decades, has allowed us to carry on his name.
The Bruce Shaw Scholarship for Homeless Youth is made possible through the Southtowne Rotary Foundation. This Special Appeal raised more than $15,000, and was matched dollar for dollar with another $15,000 by the Foundation.
While dinner was being served, a video reminder of the work we do, and a “Mystery Chalice Clue” was given.
Eugene Southtowne Rotary personifies the motto, “We Get Things Done, While Having Fun!” With a huge list of Local and Internationally projects, the work we do at Southtowne Rotary is felt here and around the world.
Fighting homelessness and hunger, creating educational opportunities with grants and scholarships, filling needs in foreign countries, and making sure that youth is served for a brighter future, Southtowne Rotary’s legacy is broad and active.
And it’s all done by members who know how to have fun!
Finally…it was time to reveal the location of the “Chalice of Service” as well as the recipient of the first Bill Harris Award for Getting things Done while having Fun!
The culmination of the amazing Southtowne SpeakEasy FUNdraiser, was the “final reveal” of the location of the “Sacred Chalice.” Carried throughout the century by Paul Harris’s brother, Bill, the Chalice came to rest in the storage area of the the Vet’s Club, where Southtowne Rotary meets!
The final surprise, was the First Annual Bill Harris Award, presented to the member who best personifies, “Getting Things Done While Having Fun!”
Thanks to Everyone who participated in this amazing event! It could not have been possible without the amazing efforts of our volunteers, donors, those attending, and of course, the amazing Bill Harris!