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Rotary Club Raises $9,700 to Support Anti-Bullying Programs, Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief

Pancake breakfasts, the Rotary Club of Berkley's signature fundraising events, support programs locally and abroad.

More than 450 people chowed down on pancakes at a recent Rotary Club event, raising $9,700 for a variety of worthy local and international causes. Patch file photo
More than 450 people chowed down on pancakes at a recent Rotary Club event, raising $9,700 for a variety of worthy local and international causes. Patch file photo

More than 450 people helping themselves to a stack of pancakes at an early November to support Rotary Club of Berkley’s anti-bullying project and other causes.

The club raised $9,700 at the pancake feed to benefit the club’s “No Place for Hate” anti-bullying project with the Berkley Public Schools.

Dr. Paul Benson, club president, said in a news release the pancake breakfasts have been the club’s signature fundraising event for more than 60 years and support local and international projects.

“We have hosted and set out high school exchange students, promoted anti-bullying programs with the Berkley School District, purchased books for the Berkley Public Library, and supported polio eradication, world literacy, clean water programs and much more,” he said.

At the Nov. 25 meeting, the club approved a $1,000 donation to Shelter Box to support

At its meeting on November 25, the Rotary Club of Berkley approved donating $1,000 to ShelterBox, a Rotary Club program that delivers boxes of aid to those who need it the most following natural and other disasters. Each box supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced are homless.

The club also donated $100 to the Red Cross for its relief work in the Philippines, hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

Charlie Glogower, fundraiser chairman, said the recent fundraiser was one fo the club’s best ever.Businesses supporting the event included Alex’s of Berkley, Tim Horton’s, Trader Joe’s, Buddy’s Pizza, New York Bagel, Busch’s Market, Vinsetta Garage, Bagger Dave’s, Sila’s Italian Dining & Pizzeria, Sidney Bogg’s Sweet Essentials all donated in support of the event.   

The Rotary Club of Berkley meets each Monday at 12:15 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on 12 Mile in Berkley. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Berkley click here.


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