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Lebanon Rotary Club 34th Annual Auction Raises $21,000

 From left, Rotarians Jean Wulpern, Lorraine Morrison and Suellen Griffin set up items for the Rotary Club of Lebanon’s silent auction earlier this month.  Steve Whitman photograph

From left, Rotarians Jean Wulpern, Lorraine Morrison and Suellen Griffin set up items for the Rotary Club of Lebanon’s silent auction earlier this month. Steve Whitman photograph

Lebanon — Rotary Club of Lebanon’s 34th annual auction on Oct. 5 raised more than $21,000 for local nonprofits. Of that, $10,000 will support a new community education program at West Central Behavioral Health in Lebanon, and the remainder will go to other local charities.

The community education program, “Mental Health First Aid,” a certification course for teachers, law enforcement agents, health professionals and others, aims to help communities better understand mental illness and respond to psychiatric emergencies.

This year’s Rotary event included a live auction with auctioneers Peter Roberts and Paul Roberts, of Lebanon, as well as an online auction and a silent auction. The auction items, solicited by Rotarians, were donated by individuals and businesses. They included a week’s stay in Florida, a hot air balloon ride, fly-fishing instruction, golf packages, a singing Valentine, tickets to arts events, ski passes and a scenic train ride.

Rotary Club of Lebanon meets on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Dwinell Room at Harvest Hill. For more information, go to www.rotarylebanonnh.org.— Staff report