On May 5th, 2012, the Bellows Falls Rotary Club held their annual penny sale.  This is a fundraiser that gives back to the community by way of donations to community service providers like Our Place, Parks Place and also toward scholarships for our high school students. 

There is a great effort by all Rotarians to solicit local businesses for prize donations and selling raffle tickets before the actual day of the sale.  Rotarians set up raffle ticket booths at Lisai’s Market, Shaw’s and Penguin Mart and volunteer their time to sell the tickets.  The raffle ticket prizes are cash denominations from $50 to $500 with an extra $25 if you are present at the time of the drawing. 

All Rotarians would like to take a moment to thank our coordinator of such events as the Spaghetti Dinner AND the Penny Sale.  Rotarian Raynie Laware gives these events more than anyone could imagine.  She spends many months preparing and collecting prizes before distributing a list of contributing businesses who have donated in the past and then asks that we contact others if we have contacts.  Raynie collects all of the prizes and stores them in a safe location. 

The night before the Penny Sale, Rotarians gather to organize and tag all prize donations.  Saturday afternoon a few of us load trucks, drive the precious cargo to the Bellows Falls Union High School where the Rotarians set up the color coded rounds. 

The sale consists of three rounds of at least one hundred prizes.  Each round has a grand prize.  This year grand prizes were two bicycles and a kayak.  The winners of the bikes were lucky Alan Cushman and John Fiske and the lucky winner of the kayak was Roger Riccio. 

The raffle ticket winners:  $50.00 to Peter Dearborn of Bellows Falls, $50.00 plus $25.00 because she was present, Linda Furgat, Madeline Arms of No. Walpole, NH stayed for the drawing increasing her $150.00 win to $175.00.  John Laware won $250.00 and the $500.00 grand prize winner Kitty Foster of No. Walpole increased her winnings $25.00 by being present for the drawing.

The Bellows Falls Rotary Club would like to thank all of those generous supporters of such a wonderful event. Some of these supporters donate every year.  We are very grateful for their generosity.  Thank you: Abenaki Car Wash, Agway, Allen Brothers, Alyson’s Orchard, Archbridge Books, Archer Mayor, Athens Pizza, Aubuchon’s, Aumands & Sons, Basketville, Bazin Brothers, BDR, Beebe’s Maple Syrup, Bellows Falls Country Club, Bellows Falls Opera House, Blue Haven B&B, Bellows House Baker, Bob Kimball, CPA, Boccaccio’s, Bond Auto, Brattleboro Subaru, Caitlin Burch Glassworks, Canal Street Books, Chamber of Commerce, Cheever Tire, Clark & Mortenson, Connecticut River Transit~ The Current, Cooper Fife & Drum, Corrine Fine Tailoring, Cota & Cota, Country Fresh, Cumberland Farms, Dairy Joy, David Heydenreich, DMD, Dellamano Glassware, Dunkin Donuts, Edward Jones Investments, Elizabeth Harlow Massage Therapy, Emerson’s Power Sport, Eric Anderson, Atty., Famous Pizza, Fat Franks, Fathers, Five Star Beverage, Frank Hawkins, Frito Lay, Furniture Factory Outlet, General Truck & Equipment, Grafton Cheese, Greater Falls Dentistry, Greater Falls Insurance, Greater Falls Travel, Green Mountain Coffee, Green Mountain Marina, Green Mountain Specialties, Greater Rock Fitness, H & R Block, Halladay’s Harvest Barn, Harlow Farms, HB Energy Solutions, Hennessey Electric, Hodgkins & Sons, Home Depot, Hooper Golf Club, Ila’s Hair Salon, J&B Glass, J&H Hardware, J&W Auto, Jake’s Market, Jiffy Mart, Jim’s Arcade, Joe’s Dairy Bar, Joy Wah, John T’s Appliance Repair, Knowlton’s Kitchen, Kurn Hattin Homes, L.A.Burdick Chocolates, Lawrence & Lober Electric, Leader Beverage, Leslie’s, LeStudio, Lisai’s Corner Deli, Lisai’s Market, MacLaomainns Scottish Pub, Meeting Waters YMCA, Michael Cook, Miss Bellows Falls Diner, Moore Law Offices, Morningstar Perennials, Mr. G’s, Okemo Mountain Resorts, Panera Bread, Park Edge Nursery~MJS Lawn Care, People’s United Bank, Pizza Palace, PK’s Pub, Pleasant Valley Brewing, Real to Reel, Richard’s Group Insurance, Rita Hinds, River Mist Bed & Breakfast, River Valley Credit Union, RJ’s (Roger Johnson), Rock & Hammer, Rockingham Arts & Museum Project, Rockingham Sunoco, Rockingham Veterinarian Animal Hospital, Ruggles & Hunt, Sackett’s Brook Sugar Makers, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitter, Sanel Auto Parts, Sara’s Sweet Treats, Savings Bank of Walpole, Saxtons River Inn, Saxtons River Village Market, Shaw’s, Sherwin Art Glass, Silver Forest, Simone’s Styling Salon, Snow & Lear, SoverNet, Spaulding & Madden Tax Services, LLC, Staples, Stefan Golec, Steve Durand, Durand Ford Toyota, Stoddard’s Auto, Subway, Summit Steak House, Tavern Restaurant Walpole, the Final cut, The Home Depot, Tim Cullenen, Town of Rockingham, Timothy Johnson, OD, Tractor Supply, Vermont Academy, Vermont Country Store, Vermont Festivals, VT Pretzel Co., Vernon Temple, D.C., Village Square Booksellers, Walgreens, Walker Farms of Dummerston, Walpole Creamery, Walpole flowers, Walpole Savings Bank, Walpole Valley Tire, Walpole Village Salon, Westminster Auto, Whitney Blake, Woodzels by Wetzels, and Yvonne Boyd.