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, as well as 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 Sea Scouts Ship 2451 keep the play of teams under control (ahem) at all times. Sea Scouts Commodore Bill Rahr is a member of Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Club.
In addition to the tournament, the all-day event features a lively auction conducted by a professional auctioneer Stephen Kilbreath of KING TV. Donated items to the auctions are accepted from individuals and local business establishments. A Dick’s food truck will be stationed nearby for our guests, and free snacks are distributed at guest tables.
2022’s event raised $65,000, exceeding our $50,000 goal. Thanks to all who enjoyed our fundraising event and generously donated. We couldn’t do it without you. Go to our Projects page to see how funds have been invested in our community.
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. As of January 2022, for the 14th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator , an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
Winners of the 2022 Speed Croquet Tournament: Y Nots (from Newcastle YMCA).
Sponsored by Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Member, Andy Sharpe.
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