The 2016 Annual Grapefruit Sale is happening now! If you’ve purchased fruit from us previously, someone should be contacting you soon to take your order. Or you can contact Kathy Ward at 541-276-0308. The last day to place your order will be on Saturday, November 19th at the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Pendleton Convention Center.
The cost of grapefruit is $19 for a 20 lb box or $10 for half box.
Photos from December 2015 pickup event
To get your name onto the customer list for the 2016 sale, contact any Branch member or call the Project Chair, Kathy Ward, at 541-276-0308.
The annual fundraiser event is finished for another year. Sales were about the same as last year: 644 boxes in 2015 compared to 639 boxes in 2014. For the 2013 fundraiser, the Branch sold 697 boxes which was just slightly fewer than the 715 boxes sold in 2012. Costs for each box continue to increase which impacts profit totals for the Branch. On average, the yearly profit is around $4,000.
The sale of the Rio Star Texas Sweet Grapefruit first started in the Pendleton area by AFS (American field Service) exchange program around 1983. This was a common way for those AFS chapters to make money to send their students overseas and to help bring students to the US. The AFS representative recommended it to the Pendleton area families and got them started – 50 boxes that first year. According to AFS member Julianne Sawyer, “it got to the point that we had more money than we needed and were not sending students. Also, there were just three of us running the chapter and selling fruit.”
The project involved just three ladies selling and organizing the sale and enlisting their husbands when the fruit was delivered. When one lady moved out of the area, the others decided it was time to make a change. Several area groups were interested in it as a fundraiser but since both ladies were also AAUW members, they offered the grapefruit sales to the Pendleton AAUW branch. And the rest is AAUW history. Julianne think that was in the mid-1990’s but the records aren’t clear.
Over the last few years, the Pendleton branch has used the grapefruit sale as their only fundraising event of the year. Members start taking orders and collecting money in mid-October. Boxes of grapefruit are delivered off the PGG loading dock, usually on the first Saturday of December. It’s become an unofficial holiday season event for members and customers alike.