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Expect great food, fun at Antioch Rotary Club’s fundraiser

A previous Antioch Rotary Pork Chop Dinner Live Auctievent full swing. | Submitted Photo

A previous Antioch Rotary Pork Chop Dinner and Live Auction event in full swing. | Submitted Photo

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Updated: November 27, 2013 4:30AM

If it’s fall, then it must be time for people with big hearts to enjoy big pork chops at the annual Antioch Rotary Pork Chop Dinner and Live Auction.

The fund-raising event, Saturday Oct. 5, in the Father Hanley Hall at St. Peter School, 900 St. Peter St., Antioch, helps fund the Rotary’s scholarship fund for high school seniors and they also donate to the local charities.

The proceeds of the night will go to the Antioch Rotary Scholarship fund and to its general fund.

Each year, the Rotary Club of Antioch awards about 25 college and vocational scholarships and funds several high school students to participate in the Rotary International Youth Exchange year-long program. Last year, they awarded $17,000 in scholarships. Over the past five years, they have given $125,000.

The general fund is also used to help local charities. Over the past several years some $95,000 has been used to support local organizations and community outreach programs.

The event is a powerful fundraiser, but no one is quite sure when it started.

“I actually looked into trying to find out how long this event has been going on and I couldn’t get a definitive answer,” he said, but many people in the area know they have been enjoying the pork chops, cooked by Fay’s Pork Chop Bar-b-que, for over 20 years.

Quendenfeld said he recently joined the Rotary because a little over a year ago they switched from being a club that met for lunch to one that meets Thursday mornings at 6:45 a.m. at Dockers North, across from St. Peter’s Church. “I knew a lot of Rotarians, but I couldn’t make the commitment,” he said, especially because of the afternoon meetings. “It’s just been a great experience,” said the event chairman, recounting how a student came to live with his family for a year and how special that experience turned out.

While the auction raises money for good causes, the food is also a big draw with dine-in or drive-through pick-up service.

“You get two big pork chops. I can’t even eat them both and I’m a big guy,” said Quendenfeld. You also get beans, apple sauce, rolls and butter, and a cup of ice cream for dessert.

“It’s a full meal,” he said. For pick up, just go around behind the Catholic school, beep your horn and have your ticket ready and a member of the Boy Scouts, who are helping with busing tables inside, will bring your meal-to-go.

“We have a lot of senior citizens who like that option. They get a good meal and it helps a good cause,” he said.

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased ahead of time from any Rotarian, Antioch State Bank of the Lakes, or Travel by Design. Tickets at the door will be $30.

Included in the ticket price is entry into the auction with a bidders number and chance to win a $500 Visa gift card. Auction items include golf clubs, artwork, crystal, sporting goods, spa treatment, lawn furniture, one-week vacation trips, special dinner packages, a day of guided fishing on the Chain O’Lakes, and much more. Many area businesses and private citizens have donated items to both the live and silent auction sections.

“We have an acrylic painting done by Antioch High School graduate Ted Domek,” said Quendenfeld, that is worth nearly $500. He first saw the artist at Julie’s Coffee Shop in Lake Villa where their motto is “Drink Coffee! Buy Art! Be Happy!”

There is still time to donate an item by calling Quedenfeld at (847) 226-1759. For more , visit the Rotary Club of Antioch web site at

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