B’ville Rotary Club gives back … a lot

Small club makes a big difference but needs continued support to keep up the pace

— The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville has been hard at work again this year, raising funds and distributing them to worthy organizations that provide services the community needs.

“Rotary’s goal is community service, but one thing we know is we can’t do everything. Services for the hungry, the abused and underprivileged are better left to the professionals, so we help those existing organizations,” said club president Charlie Farrell.

So far the club has donated $7,250 since the start of their fiscal year last July.

Their contributions also support programs in the community that are vital, like the volunteer fire fighters, or fun like the wrestling club and post-prom party, Keep the Ball Rolling. For many years, the club has sponsored three college scholarships for seniors in the Baldwinsville School district as well.

Here is a complete list of organizations or programs that the club has supported this past year:

  • Baldwinsville Volunteer Center (Christmas Bureau)
  • Baldwinsville Food Pantry
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Department
  • PEACE, Inc. (Senior Christmas Dinner)
  • Maureen’s Hope
  • Baldwinsville Central School BOCES (two scholarships)
  • Baldwinsville Community Scholarships
  • Baldwinsville Little League
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Food Bank of CNY
  • End Polio Now
  • Ride for Missing Children
  • Canton Woods Senior Center
  • Girl Scouts
  • Baldwinsville Wrestling
  • American Red Cross (Hurricane Sandy Relief)
  • VERA House
  • OnPoint for College
  • YMCA of Greater Baldwinsville Area
  • Keep the Ball Rolling (after promt party)
  • Water Project in Zimbabwe

In order to continue making contributions, the club needs to have successful fundraisers. Monthly spaghetti dinners October through May not only raise money for the club, but feature a 50/50 raffle with a designated beneficiary each month. The next dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwinsville. Meals are just $6 per person (ages 13 and up), $5 for kids ages 5 to 12 and seniors, free for 4 and under, and a max of $25 per family. Dinner includes spaghetti with meatballs, bread, salad, drinks and a dessert. The raffle funds at this dinner will go to the food pantry.

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