Keep your eye on the calendar for some important community events coming up during the next two months. These are fun occasions that also raise money for very worthwhile causes.
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors the annual Adult Spelling Bee on March 22 with the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation. Teams from schools, churches, businesses and organizations try out their spelling skills for a worthwhile cause. Half of the money raised goes into a fund for innovative teaching grants and for new equipment. Thereâ€™s very little personal humiliation here, since each spelling is accomplished by consensus of the four-member teams. To sign up a team, call the Chamber office at 704-735-3096. The cost per team is $100. You are also invited to come and cheer for your team during a fun night at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Another spring tradition is the annual Rotary Auction, scheduled from 6 to 11 p. m on April 21-23, also at the Citizens Center. The Rotary Clubs of Lincoln County are now asking for items to sell at this year`s auction. If you have an item to donate contact Gaye Howard at 704-732-0867 or any Lincoln County Rotarian. Any size item in good condition is welcome and pickup is available. Items valued at $50 or more will be auctioned live on Charter Communications Channel 10.
Hundreds of items are sold every year. If you`re looking for a romantic beach trip, that special piece of furniture, a beautiful painting by a local artist or most anything else, chances are you`ll find it at the auction. So come out in April, enjoy a wonderful meal at the Rotary Cafe, have a good time and support a worthy cause. If you can`t be there in person you can watch it on Charter Cable channel 10 and bid by phone.
Since its beginning the auction has raised over $1 million, with 95 percent of funds raised going directly to the Student Loan Fund, a non-profit organization to provide low interest loans for Lincoln County residents to obtain a post high school education. Applications for the low interest loans are available at all area high school counselorsâ€™ offices and at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce office.
Relay for Life, the signature fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society, will have their usual two events in Lincoln County this year, the first at East Lincoln High School April 8-9. Lincolntonâ€™s Relay is scheduled May 6-7 at Lincolnton High School. Teams have already been formed and are conducting money-raising events throughout the community. For more information, call John Dancoff at 704-732-3396 or Susan Beaver at 704-735-1483.
Plan on coming out and to the high school during the relay when many of the fund-raising events will be taking place. You can show your support while winning a raffle or sampling baked goods and hot dogs.