The Brookings-Harbor Rotary Club has begun selling adoptions for its Raining Cats & Dogs fundraiser, scheduled for Sept. 28 at the Port of Brookings-Harbor kite field.

Up to 5,000 “adopted” rubber cats and dogs will be dropped from a helicopter onto a target painted on the field. The rubber cat or dog dropped closest to the target will win a grand prize of $5,000. The helicopter will be donated and flown by Dan Brattain of Cal-Ore Life Flight.

The event will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with the helicopter drop scheduled for 2 p.m.

More than $6,000 in remaining prizes will be awarded in order of value and by order of the rubber cats or dogs dropped closest to the target pin. Any adoption sold has an equal chance of being the grand-prize winner. Winners do not need to be present to win.

Organizers said this is the sixth year for the drive, which has raised more than $80,000 for local Rotary community projects, including water-safety lessons for third-graders, shoe vouchers for students, scholarships for high school graduates, and financial support for community kitchens, food banks and school pantries.

Selling the “adoptions” also benefits the community partners, who earn funds for every adoption they sell. Last year, that amount totaled more than $5,000 for Rotary partners and their community projects.

Several nonprofit partners are registered with Rotary this year and will be selling adoptions. Last year’s top partner, Vietnam Veterans of America, earned more than $2,000 for their sales.

This year partners include Calvin E. Murphy Det. 578 Marine Corp League, Seaview Residents Council, the Brookings-Harbor High School cheerleaders, Newspapers in Education, Soroptimists, Cub Scouts and the high school’s London Kids Group.

The public can purchase adoptions of rubber cats and dogs at $5 each from Rotarians or from the Rotary partners. Individual partner groups will be selling adoptions in various local stores until Sept. 27. Adoptions also can be purchased at Umpqua Bank.

The family-friendly event also features Game Alley, sponsored by Rogue Credit Union, with free games for children that range from a bounce house to bowling to bean bag tossing, face painting and more.

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