The Rock House Ruritan Club joined with the surrounding community on Saturday night for a fundraiser that will allow more than $1,000 to be donated for student programs at Nancy Reynolds Elementary School.
The club hosted a hot dog supper with “all the fixings,” followed by an auction of numerous items donated by area businesses and individuals under the guidance of auctioneer and club member Todd Gordon. Also auctioned was an assortment of baked goods, including cakes, pies and other desserts.
At the end of the festive evening, $1,014 had been raised. Nancy Reynolds Elementary Principal Nichole Rose was among those in attendance and stood on behalf of the school to voice her appreciation to the club and those attending.
“We were well pleased with the evening,” noted club Secretary Nancy Speaks. “There was a lot of competition from other things going on and, while we didn’t have as many come out as we had at last year’s first event, this was definitely a success.”
“The supper and the auction did well and everybody had a good time,” she said. “We had a lot of new stuff for the auction and most of it had been donated by Pilot Mountain area businesses. Local businesses really came through for us.”
Speaks also attributed the evening’s success to the generosity of those attending, including club members. She noted that numerous monetary donations were given along with donations of school supplies and items to be auctioned.
According to Speaks, the club has a tradition of supporting the school which holds a special significance for many of its members. In the 1920’s, Speaks great-aunt, Sally Tilley, was the first person to graduate from the school
“The school means a lot to this club and we’re happy to do this for them,” Speaks explained. “They need some help and they’re in our neighborhood. Many of us in the club attended Nancy Reynolds and some have kids and grandkids who have attended or are attending. We enjoy doing this for them.”