The Rotary Club of Marco Island (Noontime Club) recently announced the list of organizations receiving grants from their fund-raising efforts of the past year.
Topping the list is $36,000 for college scholarships for local students. The club is currently providing $3,000 per student for this academic year to a total of 12 students. They are at various stages of their college careers and must maintain an acceptable grade point average and carry at least 12 credit hours in order to remain eligible for their scholarships each year. The club has been awarding scholarships to local students since 1973.
The next largest allocation of $7,000 was to the Greater Marco Family YMCA for their Summer Program. Other local grants awarded were as follows: Honor Flight at $500; The Joy of Giving at $3,000; Project Graduation of the Naples Y at $1500; Meals on Wheels at $500; St. Matthew’s House at $500; and Habitat for Humanity at $500. Most recently, Rotary held a fundraising event on Aug. 12 at The Snook Inn for Meals of Hope, where more than 100 attendees donated $4,000 — enough money to package more than 11,000 meals.
In addition, Rotary also has designated $1,000 to support its Rotary Interact Program at Lely High School and $2,500 to send students to the Rotary Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders in 2015.
International projects include Eyeglasses for Mexico at $3,165; Project Education Foundation at $500; Clean Water Project in Guatemala at $2,500; Clubfoot Correction Project at $2,500; and $500 for the Philippines Medical Mission.
Fundraising success to support all these grants came primarily from two sources: the Seafood Festival, a joint effort of the Rotary Club of Marco Island, Kiwanis Club and Sunrise Rotary, and the Spirit of Marco Awards, which are held annually. The Noontime Rotary is pleased to utilize these fund-raising dollars in support of our community and around the world.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Marco Island, visit www.marcoislandrotary.org.