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August 7, 2007 > Niles Rotary gives back to the community

Niles Rotary gives back to the community

Submitted By Sandi & Dick Pantages

In July 2007, the Niles Rotary Club donated over $57,000 to a number of non-profit organizations in Fremont. Funds were raised through the club's annual Elimination Drawing held in April 2007. Projects funded by the Niles Rotary Foundation for 2007-2008 include:

Tri City Homeless Coalition's "Pizza with Santa" party for Winter Relief families.

Fremont Unified School District's prom for severely handicapped and low functioning special education students of the tri-city area.

Fremont Cultural Arts Council's Art in the Park.

Fremont Cultural Arts Council's Arts in the Schools program.

An Early Literacy Station computer for the children's dept. of the Fremont Main Library.

New books for the Booklegger Program of the Fremont Libraries; volunteers who present book programs to K-8 students to foster the joy of reading.

Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) - to help fund a copy machine for teaching materials, etc.

Replacement of refrigerators at the emergency shelter of Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE).

Conversion of two professional Universal 35 mm movie projectors at Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.

Alsion Montessori School's Area 3 Project Corazon Fall 2007 housebuild in Mexico. Alsion School Interact/Rotaract Club, sponsored by MSJ Rotary, is the lead group for the Area 3 Corazon project.

Additional acoustical panels in the Centerville Free Dining Room.

Four pediatric medical exam tables and a pediatric vision screener for the Liberty Street Clinic of the Tri-City Health Center.

Video camera and laptop computer for Young Life.

One After School Band class of the Fremont Education Foundation for one year at an elementary school.

Support of the Fremont/Newark Family YMCA's "campership program" that provides funds for those unable to access YMCA programs due to financial constraints.

Fremont Symphony Orchestra's March 2008 Children's Concerts at Ohlone College. Children in grades 4-6 in Fremont schools are introduced to basic musical concepts by attending a live performance of the Fremont Symphony Orchestra.

Support for costumes of the summer 2007 production of Star Struck Theatre's Beauty and the Beast.

According to Jack Rogers, 2007 - '08 president of Niles Rotary, "Niles Rotary is about sharing and giving back to the community. Rotary makes a difference in people's lives, and thousands of children and other community residents will benefit from the generosity of those who attended our annual fund raising event. As we celebrate 70 years in our community in December 2007, we are pleased to help the community in this fashion."

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