Pioneer home residents accept a check from Rotary Interact. Pictured from left, seated, are Dottie O’Donoghue, Elinore Jacobsen and Irene Nichols. Standing are Rotary Interact Advisor Diana Moyseowicz and Vince Tenebrow (KRBD staff photo by Maria Dudzak).

On Wednesday, Vince Tenebrow, co-president of the Ketchikan High School Rotary Interact club, presented a ceremonial check, wrapped in Christmas paper, to residents of the Ketchikan Pioneers Home.

“What we have today is the money that was made through the pie auction and would like to donate it to you guys. It’s what we’ve been doing the past few years. And we’re very glad to do it as a club. Everyone had fun donating pies and baking pies. Here’s the money and if you’d like to open it… (applause)…$2,700.”

The Ketchikan Pioneers Home Christmas village. All items were donated (KRBD staff photo by Maria Dudzak).

Activities Director Hillary Koch says the Pioneers Home no longer receives activities funding from the state, so they rely on donations. 

Irene Nichols is president of the Pioneers Home Council.

“We will be using it for recreation and anything the group needs for travel for entertainment, and for donations to different things. Thank you from all the members for this amount of money.”

The money will be used for special events, holiday decorations, celebrations, outings and bingo prizes.

Each year, proceeds from the annual pie auction are dedicated to the Ketchikan Pioneers Home activities fund.  The auction is held close to Thanksgiving. Kayhi Rotary Interact is a service organization for teens that focuses on leadership, community service and civic engagement.