Annual Speed Croquet Tournament
Every year*, Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Club hosts a Speed Croquet Tournament to raise funds for the projects and causes we support. We meet with our guests on a Wednesday in the Summer at Marymoor Park in Redmond for a day full of good-natured competition, socializing with family and friends, and auctions featuring really cool stuff to bid on, such as fine wines, day trips and stays at beautiful hotels.
This version of Speed Croquet pits up to 20 teams against each other. Members of each team work together, to complete a round as quickly as possible. Each team plays two rounds. Six teams with the best recorded times advance to the championship round. While there are prizes, FUN is the main objective of the tournament.
Six referees from the Eastside Bulldogs Junior College Football Club keep the play of teams under control (ahem) at all times. Eastside Bulldogs Coach Larry Rude is a member of Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Club.
In addition to the tournament, the all-day event includes a silent auction and a live auction conducted by a professional auctioneer. Donated items to the auctions are accepted from individuals and local business establishments. A food truck serving delectable selections is stationed nearby for our guests, and free snacks are distributed at guest tables.
Funds raised by the Croquet Tournament are donated to the Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Foundation, an IRS 501 (c) (3), which uses the funds to support local and international causes. The operations of Rotary International, of which Bellevue Sunrise is a member organization, are overseen by its Board of Directors.
The Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees. The Rotary Foundation received the highest rating of Four Stars from Charity Navigator in 2020.
Winners of the 2019 Speed Croquet Tournament: Dirty Pretty Things (Boy Band Edition), with an outstanding time of 6:32, which tied the course record; sponsored by Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Member, Tom Fowler.
Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:
- Promote peace
- Fight disease
- Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Save mothers and children
- Support education
- Grow local economies