Rocksolid Community Teen Center brings in record amount of money at annual Lucky Shamrock Auction

BRUSH PRAIRIE — The Rocksolid Community Teen Center, located in Brush Prairie in the Bethel Lutheran Church, held its 16th annual Lucky Shamrock Auction on Sat., March 11, at the Battle Ground Community Center, a set several records, including raising a record total of $115,000.

According to a news release from Rocksolid, the annual auction event, sponsored by Riverview Community Bank, was a record year for the event in several ways.This was the first year that the event has ever sold out — even after adding additional tables — three weeks prior to the event. A total of 240 guests enjoyed an Irish fare from Mill Creek Pub, who catered the event.

Guests were entertained by a teen from Rocksolid who was singing for the first time in public and was accompanied by local artist Amber Sweeney. The Battle Ground Jazz Ensemble also performed. The evening also included a silent and live auction as well as games to entertain the guests. The dessert dash and photo booth were both big hits of the night, and a Russell Wilson autographed jersey was donated to Rocksolid and raffled during the event. The winner of the autographed jersey was Brad Esler.

The 16th annual Rocksolid Community Teen Center Lucky Shamrock Auction was held on March 11 and raised a record $115,000 for the teen center. Photo courtesy of Rocksolid Community Teen Center
The 16th annual Rocksolid Community Teen Center Lucky Shamrock Auction was held on March 11 and raised a record $115,000 for the teen center. Photo courtesy of Rocksolid Community Teen Center

At the end of the evening, the center had raised more than $115,000, a record total.

Lori Lindberg, Rocksolid Community Teen Center board member, said some of the “hot” live auction items of the evening included a week-long trip to Cancun, as well as a weekend beach get away.

“Our team is very happy with the incredible support at the auction,” Lindberg said. “It is wonderful to be part of a community who cares about youth and our program. We are serving double the number of teens this year than last, around 35-40 a day. With increased attendance, older items needing updated and expenses increasing each year, it was a welcome gift to raise so many funds.”

“We have a phenomenal team who all helped make this auction a huge success,” said Marcy Sprecher, executive director at Rocksolid. “We have a huge number of supporters, individuals as well as businesses. We’d like to thank our outstanding sponsors — Presenting Sponsor Riverview Community Bank, and S&T Truck Repair, Catworks Construction, Dan’s Tractor, Total Merchant Concepts, Kiewit Construction and Chappelle’s Towing. It is such a great feeling to see how much our community values youth and supports our program.”

The Lucky Shamrock Auction, the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Rocksolid Community Teen Center, included both live and sil
The Lucky Shamrock Auction, the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Rocksolid Community Teen Center, included both live and sil

About Rocksolid Community Teen Center

Rocksolid Community Teen Center offers a safe place after school for fifth through 12th grade students in the Battle Ground and Hockinson school districts. The teen center provides caring mentors who help with homework, play games, make crafts, teach life skills, offer free healthy snacks, contribute to community service projects and much more for only $20 a year per student.

Rocksolid is located in the lower level of Bethel Lutheran Church, 12919 NE 159th St., Brush Prairie, where they have graciously donated the space. Rocksolid’s mission is: “To provide a safe place for youth of our community and to foster relationships with one another and caring adults for the purpose of encouraging them to become Rocksolid persons.”

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the program should contact Marcy Sprecher at Marcy@rocksolid-teen.com.

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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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