Posted on May 16, 2021

Saturday, May 15th, 2021 was a beautiful sunny day in Port Townsend, perfect for a race. Rotarians and community volunteers started gathering on Monroe Street about 10:30 AM to prepare for the 9th annual Running.

 
Rotarians set up early at the uptown Farmers Market to sell the last-minute tickets. Sponsorship banners were placed along Monroe street, the Bull Gate was pre-assembled, and the very ingenious ball tumbler was wheeled into place.
 
The road closed at 12 noon and the scramble began, the catch basin was unloaded, set up and tested while many volunteers walked up hill laying the track. The Rhody Royalty was in place ready to pull the Bull’s Tail.
 
The balls were all dumped into the tumblers and rotated to mix them up thoroughly then dumped into the holding box. The Bull was on hand making all the announcements and then it was time!
 
Three, two, one! Go!!!!!! Down the street they went, bouncing and racing to be the first ones in the chute. 
 
And the winners are: with ball #1261, Bill Brown was our Grand Prize winner; with ball #2170, Jeffrey Hartman came in second; followed by ball # 1580, which belonged to M. Patterson, our third-place winner.
 
 
All proceeds from this event are turned right back around to support our community and beyond with programs and benefactors like: 
 
Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival Association
Higher Education Scholarships to graduating PTHS seniors
Quilts of Valor
Foster Supports of Jefferson Co
Olympic Neighbors
Christmas for Children
ECHHO
Innovative Communities (Rwanda Grandmothers Project)
Twisters
Jefferson Healthcare (little Food Pantry)
PT Sunrise Little food pantry
Mock Trial PTHS Team
Jefferson Healthcare Health Dept (food)
North Olympic Salmon Coalition
Love More Foundation
4 H
Shelter Box
Dignity Toilets in Togo
International Youth Exchange
Literacy: every third grader in Jefferson County receives a free illustrated dictionary
And so many more programs over the years
 
This year we also would like to recognize our amazing Corporate Sponsors, without them we wouldn’t be able to give back. Please remember to thank these awesome businesses next time to visit. Tell them you are there because of their SUPPORT OF PT TOWNSEND SUNRISE ROTARY!
 
CORPORATE SPONSOR LEVEL
7 Cedars Casino       Platinum
Autoworks Platinum
Edensaw Woods   Gold  
Henry and Allen Attorneys   Gold  
Homer Smith Insurance Gold  
Carl's Building Supply Silver
First American Title  Silver
Avamere of Port Townsend Finish Line
Groves Glass & Company Finish Line
Townsend Bay Property Management  Finish Line
Joe Schodowski Law Offices Bull Gate
Kosec Funeral Home   Bull Gate
Cuts & Curls Bronze
Henery Hardware Bronze
Jefferson Title    Bronze
John L Scott Real Estate Bronze  
Kmi Kristen Manwaring Insurance Bronze  
Olympic Equipment Rental   Bronze
Sunshine Coffee Bronze
LaughinGnome Pottery Bronze
Hadlock Building Supply Donation
 
We would also like to thank the many "Friends of Sunrise" that purchased $100 or more worth of balls or gave us support in other ways:
 
Steven Rafoth;  Jeffrey Hartman;  Jefferson Transit; Al and Linda Johnson; Sonya Goss & Jenessah Seebergoss; Phil & Jenn Saurer;  Colette Kostelec; Mindy Walker