BATTLE GROUND — Each year, the month of March brings many things — St. Patrick’s Day, Daylight Savings and the first day of spring to name a few. In addition to those well-known March events, the month also brings the annual Rocksolid Community Teen Center “Lucky Shamrock” Auction.
This year’s dinner and auction to benefit the teen center is set for this coming Sat., March 11, from 5-10 p.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground. As of the end of February, Marcy Sprecher, executive director of Rocksolid, said the event was already sold out, and 240 people will attend this year’s auction.
The St. Patrick’s Day-themed event is Rocksolid’s main fundraiser for the year, and last year’s auction brought in $78,000. Sprecher said they are hoping to raise $100,000 at this year’s event.
Presenting sponsor of the 16th annual “Lucky Shamrock” Auction is Riverview Community Bank, and tickets to the event were sold for $55 per person until the event sold out.
Sprecher said the event will include a silent auction with different gift baskets and certificates, and a live auction. One of the items featured in the live auction includes an overnight stay for six adults in Pacific City, Ore., complete with a Pelican Brewery tasting and dinner, homemade breakfast the next morning and safe transportation to and from the coast that will be provided in the Rocksolid van.
Other activities at the “Luck Shamrock” Auction will include a Dessert Dash, games such as “Spin the Wheel” for miscellaneous prizes, and “Heads & Tails” for a prize of more than $600 in cash and gift cards.
Dinner for the evening will be catered by Mill Creek Pub.
Funds raised through the annual “Lucky Shamrock” Auction go to the programs at Rocksolid Community Teen Center, which provide leadership, mentoring, life skills and educational-based activities for the students who attend the center.
“It (the auction) is our main fundraiser for the year to help sustain our program for youth in the Battle Ground community,” Sprecher said.
According to the Rocksolid website, Rocksolid Community Teen Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing safe, fun and engaging after-school activities for students in fifth through 12th grade. The center is open every day after school, Mon.-Fri., from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The center will provide transportation from most schools in the Battle Ground and Hockinson school districts to the center, which is located at 12919 NE 159th St., in Brush Prairie.
Once at the teen center, students can choose from a variety of activities that are supervised by staff and caring adult mentors. Activities offered at the center emphasize building healthy relationships in life skills, business skills, good homework habits, leadership skills, healthy eating, sports, the arts and community service.
To learn more about the Rocksolid Community Teen Center, visit http://rocksolid-teen.com/.