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Rockville Rotary Awards $78K in Grants to 13 Nonprofits

The club supports the city's recreation fund and 12 charities with its annual 8K run.

 

The Rotary Club of Rockville awarded more than $78,000 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations on Thursday as part of the club’s annual Charter Night.

Rotarians raised $78,645 through the 2012 DARCARS Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest in July. More than 2,000 runners participated in the 27th Twilight Runfest, which includes an 8K and a 1K “fun run” through Rockville Town Center.

Co-sponsored by the City of Rockville and the Montgomery County Roadrunners Club, a total of $41,822 of the Runfest proceeds went to the City of Rockville Recreation Fund. The Rockville Rotary Club Foundation awarded the rest of the proceeds through grants to local and international nonprofits that provide for human needs, youth activities and cultural enrichment.

Grants are awarded through a competitive process. In 2012, the foundation received 14 requests totaling $68,900 and fulfilled 12 of the requests, totaling $47,500.

“Grant recipients reflect the community’s diversity as well as worldwide needs,” according to a news release on the Rotary Club of Rockville’s website.

The recipients were:

A Rotary International call to eradicate polio inspired the club to start the annual Twilight Runfest. To date, Rockville Rotarians and their partners have raised more than $1million for local programs and international projects, including polio immunizations, a “mammobus“ and the eco-kitchen in India, and rebuilding a school in Haiti.

Applications for 2013 grants are due on March 31, 2013.  

The Rotary Club of Rockville is celebrating 83 years of service to the community. Rotarians meet for lunch each Thursday to hear speakers, plan service projects, and enjoy each other’s company.

Click here to learn more about the Rotary Club of Rockville, foundation grants, and the Twilight Runfest.

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