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Trips, fine wines all part of auction

POULSBO — A 14-carat ruby and diamond necklace: $1,500. Tickets to a Mariners game: $177. Supporting the activities of the Poulsbo/North Kitsap Rotary Club: priceless.

With the 24th annual auction two weeks away, Rotary President Hugh Nelson said tickets are going fast.

“There were 45 left last night, so there are still some available,” Nelson said Thursday afternoon.

Donations for the auction have been coming in steadily, but more items are needed to make the auction a success, he said.

“We still need unique items, experiences and business services,” he said, noting that the club expects the event to be another smashing success.

The 2005 auction raised $81,000 and the club hopes to exceed that mark this year, he said.

Even though donations are still in demand, Nelson said he has few worries with two weeks before the event.

“It’s this way every year and the community always comes through in the end,” he said.

Among the items at this year’s auction is an evening with Miss Poulsbo Brenna Gardner-Brown and Miss Kitsap Kristen Eddings. Both ladies will be at the auction and Eddings’ platform of international education ties in with one of the Rotary’s goals, Nelson said.

“It’s a great opportunity to have both of them at an event, which is something not many businesses get to do,” he said.

Among the other notable items available at the auction are:

• a private dinner for six catered by a Japanese chef

• a catered champagne brunch and cruise for eight

• lunch with Kitsap County Commissioner Chris Endresen or Mayor Kathryn Quade

• one week at a Sooke Harbor cottage

Several rounds of golf, firefighter birthday parties and a host of other unique items and services will be available at the auction.

To make a donation, call (360) 265-2926.

The club’s Web site, www.poulsborotary.org features a link to the auction, where already donated items can be viewed.

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