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Rotary raises money through rockets

OSCODA, Mich. — The Oscoda Rotary Club is preparing for liftoff with their new fundraiser.

With COVID–19 putting traditional fundraising methods on pause, the Oscoda Rotary Club is trying something new.

On July 5, the club will launch a 30–inch rocket into the air from the OHS soccer field. People pay a ten–dollar fee online to place their guess for how high the rocket will fly. Whoever guesses closest to the actual height wins $500 and the rocket.

Rotarian Richard Ruth, who built the rocket, said this project spurred the club to take a big step forward.

“We didn’t even have a website; we weren’t that electronic. We had a Facebook page no one maintained. So, I got a website set up and was able to create a page where we’re able to take credit cards and we’re able to basically advertise something.”

Proceeds go to youth development and the Oscoda High School robotics team.

The second closest guess wins $200, and the third place winner takes home the backup rocket.

You can learn more on the Oscoda Rotary website.