Sebastien Rubino / [email protected]
The Rocksolid Community Teen Center in Brush Prairie will be hosting its 21st Annual Lucky Shamrock Auction on Saturday, March 12.
The event will be held in person for the first time in two years after previous auctions were held in a virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Money raised at the event will fund programs that serve local kids in grades five through 12, according to Marcy Sprecher, director of the Rocksolid Community Teen Center.
“We have life skills programs, a homework assistance program, addiction prevention and awareness programs, community service projects, and a healthy eating program,” Sprecher said.
She said the auction was their biggest fundraiser of the year.
Sprecher said the life skills program teaches kids things they might not learn in school, like life and social skills, health and nutrition, job skills as well as budgetary and financial skills. The center also partners with nonprofits like the Police Activities League, which helps “build healthy relationships between cops and kids” by showcasing the “human side” of police officers.
Spreacher is excited to once again hold the in-person auction and serve the youth of the community.
“The The auction was established in 2001 before we opened our doors and we needed financial support,” she said. “We are celebrating our 20th year of impact in our community.”
Sprecher believes Rocksolid’s impact on the community has been significant as the center provides children with productive programs. It also helps young people develop relationships with caring adults and friends, which she says can have an impact.
Last year, Rocksolid was able to raise around $150,000 from the auction. Many items sold at auction are travel and sports memorabilia. Those who don’t want to bid on an item can simply donate through the center’s “helping out” option.
Sprecher said the teen center served young people online for 18 months during the pandemic, but returned to an in-person format in September. They haven’t had any outbreaks of COVID-19, she said.
Besides the Lucky Shamrock Auction, the teen center also hosts fundraisers like Friday Night Flicks during the summer months at the Port of Ridgefield. They also participate in Give More 24, which is a 24-hour fundraiser for Clark County nonprofits hosted by the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.
Sponsors of the upcoming auction include Riverview Community Bank, S&T Truck Repair and Pacific Bells.
The live auction will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 12 at ilani, located at 1 Cowlitz Way in Ridgefield. There will also be an online silent auction from March 9-13. Tickets for the live auction can be purchased online at rocksolid-teen.com. The online auction is on the same website, but does not require registration. For more information, call 360-885-2181.