The Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club Rose Sale Returns
Annual Fundraiser Marks 30 Years of Delivering Roses to the CdA Community.
 
Everything is coming up roses…again for the 30th year in a row. The annual fundraiser hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club not only brings hundreds of smiles to the community, but it’s proceeds also help support grants for local youth and civic organizations and scholarships to local students.  Started in 1990, to date the Rose Sale has raised over $900,000.
 
The Rosy Bottom Bandits rustle President Luke’s bell & gavel during the Rose Sale kickoff event.

The Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club Rose Sale Returns
Annual Fundraiser Marks 30 Years of Delivering Roses to the CdA Community.
 
Everything is coming up roses…again for the 30th year in a row. The annual fundraiser hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club not only brings hundreds of smiles to the community, but it’s proceeds also help support grants for local youth and civic organizations and scholarships to local students.  Started in 1990, to date the Rose Sale has raised over $900,000.
 
“Our Rose sale is our largest fundraiser that supports opening doors and delivering a lasting impact to our community. Over the past five years the CdA Rotary Club has given more than $250,000 back to the community, and just as importantly, these roses warm the hearts of both the givers and receivers,” said Luke Russell, President.
 
With the cancellation of the Club’s other major fundraiser, Coeur d’ Irish, last spring, the Rose Sale is critically important to the Club to continue to make a positive impact in our community and around the globe.
 
“We had some initial concerns about how we would deliver roses during the pandemic, but we have a plan in place to keep both our Rotarians and our recipients safe,” said Lucinda Ade, Rose Sale Chair. 
 
This year, in addition to selling roses directly to the public, both the Rotarian sellers and buyers can choose an option to have their roses donated to a local charity or a Covid-19 Hero’s group.  
 
“We decided we wanted to honor those front-line workers who are helping to keep us safe during this pandemic,” said Ade.
The donated roses will be distributed among the following groups and charities: Kootenai Health Emergency, ICU, CCU, Testing; Panhandle Health District Medical Reserve Corps Covid Response volunteers; First Responders – Police, KC Sheriff, Firefighters, EMS, Dispatchers; Cancer and Community Charities (3Cs) Mask sewing groups; CASA, Kootenai County and Post Falls Food Banks, Safe Passage, St. Vincent de Paul, TESH, Union Gospel Mission, and the Village at Orchard Ridge.
 
“In these uncertain times, when our daily lives have been turned upside down, just think how a beautiful gift of colorful flowers can make us stop, smile and think ‘life is still good’. Whether it’s a thanks to volunteers at Panhandle Health District who are answering 500 calls a day on their Covid crisis line or bringing a smile to someone having to visit a local food bank for the first time, or merely telling someone you care, you’re making a difference when you buy our roses,” Ade said.
 
Last year, the Club sold 1,438 dozen roses – another all-time record. That amounted to 17,256 roses that were delivered to the community in one day.
 
Roses are $28 per dozen ($20 is tax deductible to the purchaser). To order contact any Coeur d'Alene Rotary member by August 31st, or Lucinda Ade at 208-651-6164 or lbade48@gmail.com. Roses will be delivered by CdA Club Rotarians on Friday, October 2nd.