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Eastwood Rotary donates first check to McDonald House

Art auction planned to raise additional donations for charity's building fund

The Rotary Club of Eastwood recently presented Beth Trunfio, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York, with a check for $5,000, the first installment of a five-year, $25,000 pledge to help build a larger, fully handicap accessible Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse. The new house will be equipped to serve up to 35 families a night.

"Our new home will help us to better meet the current needs of guest families and accommodate continued growth," Trunfio said. "There is one place a family should be when a child is ill, together. This contribution from the Eastwood Rotary is helping us to keep families together."

The club continues to fundraise for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York with its Third Annual Live Art Auction. The prestigious event features a live auction of fine art works by noted Central New York artists as well as a silent auction with hotel stays, restaurant certificates, gift baskets and more.

The auction will be held this year at the Delavan Art Gallery, just off Armory Square in downtown Syracuse. Ticket sales for the Friday, April 17 event will be limited to 125. All profits from the auction will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House building project.

A limited number of tickets for the auction are still available for $25 per person from Jerry O'Donnell at 437-6380 or gjodonnell@vansanfortool.com. Program ads are also available.

Other local organizations that have recently benefited from Rotary Club of Eastwood donations include Golisano Children's Hospital, recipient of a multi-donation totaling $35,000 for a special oncology room, and the Food Bank of Central NY with an annual donation of $3,000.

Rotary Club of Eastwood is a member of Rotary Clubs District 7150. Rotary Club of Eastwood meets weekly on Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. at Steak and Sundae Restaurant, 1810 Teall Ave., Syracuse.

For more information, visit Eastwoodrotary.org.

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