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Cobourg Rotary Club president Lynda Kay, left, was welcomed to Sportsman’s Night by Rotarians Bill MacDonald, Scott MacCoubrey and event co-chair Kim Rudd..

Cobourg Rotary Club president Lynda Kay, left, was welcomed to Sportsman’s Night by Rotarians Bill MacDonald, Scott MacCoubrey and event co-chair Kim Rudd..

COBOURG - 

The Rotary Club of Cobourg hopes its 28th annual Sportsman’s Night Dinner and Auction, held Friday, Feb. 1 at the Lions Community Centre, will result in $70,000 raised for the club’s local, national and international projects.

“More than 340 people attended this year’s evening, one of our largest crowds ever,” event co-chair Kim Rudd said. “We are very fortunate to have a large club with so many members who will pitch in and take on such a huge undertaking. We also rely on many other volunteers who step up to help us. Community support has always been strong for Sportsman’s Night, particularly from local businesses and retailers who so generously donate the hundreds of wonderful auction items we are able to offer.”

The evening featured a maritime-themed meal prepared by Rotarian chef Gord Ley and a host of assistants. The meal featured Peggy’s Cove clam chowder shooter with PEI potatoes and east coast clams, celeriac and leeks, followed by maritime roasted black cod followed by pan-seared filet mignon and vegetables followed by dessert.

Featured artist this year was Cobourg’s Ron Bolt, internationally known artist and gifted writer and musician. Master carver Glenn A. McMurdo and his wife donated a carving by Glenn, “3 Puffins on a Rock,” the 12th in a series, in memory of late Rotarian Clay Elliott, a founding member of Sportsman’s Night. The late Clarke Stephen, also a Rotarian and a founding member of the event, was also recognized during the evening.

- Bill Johnson

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