Proceeds From Rotary’s ‘California Table’ Benefit Nature Center

Rotarian and LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt was the succesful bidder twice during ‘The California Table’ charitable live auction Saturday on the patio at Smith’s Marketplace. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos hosted the wine tasting with food pairing fundraiser for which the proceeds go toward providing a picnic area for the new Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd got into the bidding spirit for a worthy cause. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos auctioneer Jill Cook kept the bids rising during Saturday’s live auction. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Skip King serves as auctioneer Jill Cook’s assistant keeping the crowd motivated during the live auction portion of the evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, his wife Robyn, local teacher Jodi Hughes and former LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy. Torpy headed up the security detail at Saturday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd applauds the evening’s celebrity waiters including congressional candidate Jeff Byrd, council candidate Bill McKerley, Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers, council candidate John Bliss, Assessor candidate Ken Milder, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, council candidate Andrea Cunningham, council candidate Susan O’Leary, Public Education Commission candidate Karyl Ann Armbruster, council candidate James Chrobocinski and Rotarian Vincent Chiravalle. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Celebrity waiter Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, shows guests an auction item. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Celebrity waiter and Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers jokes as he serves a course to former Councilor Michael Wismer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Celebrity waiter James Chrobocinski fell right back into the server role even though it’s been 20 years since he waited tables while in college. Rotary President Troy Hughes gives the microphone to Smith’s Kathryn Fulton to introduce the chef and assistant for the evening’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Celebrity waiters Bill McKerley and Karyl Ann Armbruster attend the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Smith’s Marketplace Outreach Specialist Kathryn Fulton speaks with Rotarians and their guests. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Christine Windle, center, chats with friends at Saturday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Laura Loy holds 2-month-old Ella Marksteiner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian and local golf pro Donnie Torres shares a laugh with his wife and friends including Paul and Jill Cook, second from right, who served as auctioneer for the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Guest Lisa Wismer checks out the menu. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Smith’s Specialty Wine Steward Barbara Montano. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Rotarians, Linda King, Linda Hull and Melissa Metcalf. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Rotarians Peggy Durbin, Judy Goldie and friend Michele Vochosky. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Rebecca Ehler and her husband Jim. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Nancy Cerutti with her husband John and friends. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC co-founder Becky Shankland with her husband and friends. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Wine service. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Rotarians James Nesmith, Linda King and Susan O’Leary, celebrity waiter Ken Milder, Rotarian Linda Hull, auctioneer Jill Cook and Rotarian Melissa Metcalf. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian Alison Pannell, right, with guests. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotary Vice President Linda Hull, right, chats with Rotarian Mandy Marksteiner and her 2-month-old daughter Ella. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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