Greater Bend Rotary Fund Raisers

Fund Raisers

Each year the Greater Bend Rotary Club has several fund raising events to raise money for local and international organizations and causes. These include:


Sports Program As Sales - since 1976, RCGB has published High School Sports Programs that are distributed free-of-charge at various sporting events at Bend, Mountain View and Summit High School. Through ad sales for these Programs – sold by club members - RCGB is able to donate $15,000-$25,000 per year to the respective athletic departments (this total is allocated among the 3 high schools). Projects from which local high schools have benefitted include the purchase of an activities van, weight room remodel and equipment, fences and lighting for athletic fields, timing devices, football sod, pay to play scholarships (currently $4,500 per year), stadium seating and more. Additional revenue from these ad sales is then distributed to local charities and causes through the club’s formal donation process.


Duck Race - started back in 1990 as a fun and quirky community event held in Drake Park, the Great Rotary Duck Race has grown to become a fixture in the community’s early Fall event schedule and includes all 4 Rotary clubs, local credit unions (and selected charities) selling $5 raffle tickets to raise funds for local nonprofits. Over the years, the Great Rotary Duck Race has generated more than $1.1 mill for local charities. As the largest participant/ticket seller, Rotary Club of Greater Bend is able to directly designate $20,000-$25,000 annually to worthy non-profits. Beneficiaries over the past 6 years have included Boys and Girls Club of Bend, Healing Reins, Abilitree, Deschutes Children's Foundation, The KIDS Center, Healing Reins, Bthlehem Inn, Cascade Youth & Family Center, Younity, Volunteers in Medicine and many others.


Instant Wine Cellar Raffle – The Instant Wine Cellar raffle is a fun and effective fundraising idea that our club has run for over 20 years. It has grown over time to where our most recent events have netted just under $25,000. Every club member is responsible for donating a bottle of wine to the event and then it is all given away at once through a raffle drawing (hence the term “instant wine cellar”) held during our Charter Night celebration in the Spring. Unlike a lot of other fundraising events, this one does not require that club members hit up sponsors and the return on cash investment is huge as cash outlay is minimal (mostly just printing and raffle fees). Proceeds typically go to the Bill Berg Foundation (the club’s own foundation, named after a distinguished club member) as an independent 501(c)3 organization and permanent fund to support youth-related projects and scholarships. Current beneficiaries of the Bill Berg Foundation are scholarships for students at COCC, OSU-Cascades and recipients of the new Perseverance Awards.


Pints for Polio - Pints for Polio is a highly successful “pub crawl” event that is held annually in downtown Bend as a fun and creative way for people to enjoy a variety of craft beers while helping in the international fight against polio. The brainstorm of Club member (and polio survivor), Cort Vaughan, the event blends one of the region’s favorite pastimes with an awareness campaign about this important issue that has afflicted millions around the globe. For only $25, participants receive a commemorative pint glass and a punch card good for six ounce beer tastes at more than a dozen downtown pubs and restaurants. All the proceeds from the event go to Polio Plus as part of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. This event typically raises $10,000 per year.