The Rotary Club of Orange is preparing for its 15th Annual Goods and Services Auction. The gala event will be Sunday, March 9 ,at Race Brook Country Club, 1 to 5 p.m. Club President-Elect Dan McAllister is chairman of the event which will feature: Silent and Live Auctions, hors d'oeuvres, luncheon buffet, beer/wine, dessert, and the popular, fun 'balloon-burst' to win valuable baskets.

There are only 200 tickets available to this annual "sellout." Tickets are only $25 per person.

If you are interested in attending, call President Mike at 876-0445, or pick them up at Chip's Restaurant or Orange Fence.

Club members are soliciting items from area businesses and there are advertising opportunities in the Auction Book. Area businesses interested in advertising and/or donating an item or gift certificate should call Mike.

Last year's auction raised enough money to fund $6,000 in local scholarships, support a $5,000 donation to Orange Community Services Fuel/Food Fund, Special Olympics, Marrakech, Boys and Girls Village, The Jamie Hulley Fund for the Arts, and Rotary International projects. Proceeds also support the club's Amber Alert Program, which held numerous child photo ID sessions in town.

The club also purchases dictionaries for every third-grader in Orange and supports its Vocational Section in the Case Memorial Library annually. During the Holidays, the Club donates food and toys to Orange Human Services.