Annual fundraiser Rotary on the Radio will be held Monday, April 2 at Bowman Museum

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - Rotary on the Radio, a scholarship fundraiser that will be held this year on April 2 at Bowman Museum, invites people from different organizations to visit throughout the day and talk on the air. In addition, people can make requests or buy ads that will be read over the radio.

Local Rotarians and other community leaders will once again take to the radio waves to raise money for aspiring college students in Crook County.

Rotary on the Radio, an annual scholarship drive, will take place on Monday, April 2. The event will broadcast live from the Bowman Museum from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., on KRCO 690 AM and 96.9 FM.

"Rotary on the Radio is going big this year," said Trisha Wanous, president of Crook County Rotary Club. "With the increased cost of higher education, we plan to raise $20,000 to provide even more assistance to our youth."

Rotary's fundraising goal for 2018 exceeds the $17,000 raised last year. That money will be used to provide scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to local students.

"We have an application that is available online and at the schools," said Donna Barnes, event coordinator. "It is based on need and their contributions to the community and obviously their scholastic work and involvement in other school activities."

Funds are raised during the event by selling on-the-air ads and song requests and through a silent auction that lasts the entire day. Local Rotarians are already looking for people willing to buy an ad to support local scholars, but Rotary Past President Carol Benkosky stressed that people don't have to wait on them.

"Call 541-362-1105 to join in the fun," she said. "Ads cost $100 each and will be read at least once, and are typically repeated three to four times throughout the day."

In addition to individual ads, hourly sponsors can sign up to be promoted for an entire hour, and The Silverados, a local singing quartet, are back again this year to sing ads as well.

"We are also looking for some fun challenges this year," Barnes said. "Anyone can call in and challenge another business, organization or group."

A favorite challenge is dog-walking in partnership with the Humane Society of the Ochocos and Judge Seth Crawford.

People can requests songs for $20 apiece, and if people aren't sure what song to pick, they can ask any Rotarian and they can offer some suggestions.

"There are humorous songs for the brave, sentimental songs, songs with messages for the upcoming grads, and songs of appreciation for hard-working parents," Benkosky remarked.

Silent auction items will be on display at the Bowman Museum the day of the event and can be previewed by watching Rotary's Facebook Page. A variety of items are back by popular demand, including weekend retreats, loads of gravel and more.

"You can bid in person, online via Facebook or by phone call," Benkosky said. "Go to the website at for details or tune into KRCO Country's Greatest Hits at 690 AM or 96.9 FM during the Rotary on the Radio broadcast."

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