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It took three years, but The Rotary Club of Kingston’s COVID delayed “Centennial” Gala finally got off the ground on Saturday evening much to the delight of its organizers and the over 250 people in attendance.
Its financial goal of $101,000 may, according to cochair Rene Marchen’s estimate, have been broken by $20,000 or more, although the final figure is not yet known.
Held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall, one was immediately impressed with the decoration and care with which the hall had been prepared. Marchen said, “It took three days to complete and the committee did it all.” The decorating also supplied the preparations most frustrating challenge when the globes of the chandelier kept falling and breaking.
Cochair Darlene Clement was responsible for recruiting many of the sponsors and acquiring many of the 127 silent auction items and 12 live auction donations. Our President, Alicia called the live auction with lots of enthusiasm.

The Silent Auction

The evening was opened by the Town Crier, Chris Whyman in full costume and voice. Rotarian, Marijke Wilkins read the reflection and land acknowledgement. The Master of Ceremonies role was shared by Alicia Gordon and Monica Lapajne.

Four Welcome Videos

Guest chose from three dinner features, oven baked chicken, oven roasted prime rib of beef and a vegetable stir fry. At my table everyone one had the beef; the portion was huge, beautifully tender, and delicious.
The evening concluded with a dance featuring the live band Trilogy.