Auburn business owner Tom Griffen won an $800 shopping spree at Staples - the door prize at Gold Country Rotary's 27th annual Oktoberfest. Staples generously donated $400 toward the prize.  

When presented with the door prize Tom said, "I was so shocked and pleased to have been awarded this awesome gift. I have a 12 year old son that is in constant need of school supplies and he’s also at the age where, if he doesn’t have a cell phone, he’ll be labeled an outcast. So this gift will come in super handy for me. Thanks to the entire Rotary team for putting together such a fun and festive Oktoberfest.  The food was amazing, the music was festive, and the beer was great too!" 

Tom Griffen moved his business, Gold Canyon Insurance Services, from the Silicon Valley to Auburn eleven years ago. The business provides insurance coverage for Taxicabs, Limousines, and Non-Emergency Medical Transport companies for all three West Coast states and have offices at San Francisco Yellow Cab and in Salem Oregon.     

Tom enjoys living in Auburn, and says "Our Public Auto insurance transportation company has grown leaps and bounds since being here. It’s a real joy to be part of a tight knit community that is able to put together so many fun events." He has already marked his calendar to attend Gold Country Rotary's annual Mardi Gras party on Saturday, February 21, 2015. As with Oktoberfest, the funds raised go right back into the community.


PICTURED FROM LEFT: Rotarian Joanne Barragan, prize winner Tom Griffen, and General Manager of Staples in Auburn, Chris Gerstel.