Rotary-Anthony’s event brings in $20,000
Community diners, hosted by the Rotary Club of Anacortes and Anthony’s Restaurant, raised approximately $20,000 for local charities at the annual Rotary-Anthony’s dinner February 22.  All proceeds from the evening will go to six school groups and a local dance program.
Recipients include:  Anacortes School District, “Books to go” program to distribute age-appropriate books to select students; Fidalgo Dance Works, autism movement therapy and dance for students with special needs; Anacortes Middle School, ovens for cooking class; Anacortes Robotics Booster Club, operating budget support; Island View Elementary School, kiln for art class; Anacortes High School Science Department, “Science Café” start-up program; and Anacortes High School Spanish Class, subscriptions for scholastic Spanish magazines and newspapers.
“We were thrilled with the results, thanks to the generosity of our community participants. Best of all, the financial assistance from the dinner will help our grant recipients continue their support to a large population of students and youth in our community,” Anacortes Rotary president-elect and benefit dinner organizer Krista Oicles said.
Each year, the staff at Anthony’s creates a special menu for dinner guests at the community banquet. Proceeds are raised through dinner ticket sales, raffle tickets and donations.
Rotary Club members credit Anthony’s for opening its doors to the Anacortes community for this event. “The Anthony's organization brought in more than 40 of their team-members, prepared distinctive appetizers and dinners and merged all of their skills for a fun event,” said Club President Kevin Meenaghan.
For the past six years Anthony's has opened the restaurant to the Anacortes Rotary Club for an evening.  As a result, all proceeds from the sale of tickets go to local charities and community groups.  Past recipients include the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club, Gentry House, Senior Activity Center, Anacortes Family Center and the Salvation Army.
Last year’s event raised money for four local organizations: Friends of the Anacortes Library, Friends of Fidalgo Pool & Fitness, Anacortes Senior Activity Foundation and American Legion Causland Post 13.
Since the first Anthony’s event in 2011, the Anacortes Rotary Club has raised and donated more than $134,000 for local programs and groups.