Rotary Rocks Westport

Giving away $40,000 in less than 30 minutes is child’s play in Washington.

In Westport, it merits an “06880” post.

Westport Rotary did the honors this week, at their Community Partners lunch.  One representative from each organization was invited as a Rotary guest at the Inn at Longshore — and there were smiles all around as Steve Halstead handed out checks to groups ranging (alphabetically) from ABC (A Better Chance of Westport) to the Y.

After calling it “the happiest day of the year for Rotarians,” Todd Mauerman reminded his colleagues that it was time to start fund raising for next year’s giveaways.  Before the lunch was done, members turned their attention to the annual golf and tennis tournaments at Longshore on Wednesday, June 9.

Interested in helping raise money that the Rotary can then give away?  The cost is $185 per golfer ($720 for a foursome), $85 for tennis.  Entry fees include both breakfast and lunch.  Call Tony Riggio (golf, 203-227-6877) or Irwin Lebish (tennis, 203-222-0626).

Steve Halstead (far left) and representatives of many organizations smile as they raise their money-filled envelopes. (Photo by Dave Matlow)

PS:  Want a full list of organizations the Rotarians helped?  Here it is:

  • A Better Chance of Westport
  • ARK
  • Boy Scouts of CT
  • Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
  • Builders Beyond Borders
  • CLASP Homes
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Center
  • Dr. Appleby School Health Center
  • Earthplace
  • Family Reentry
  • First Night
  • George Washington Carver Center
  • Girl Scouts of CT
  • Grant a Smile
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Interfaith Housing Assoc (HwH)
  • Levitt Pavilion
  • Longshore 50th
  • Make a Difference Day
  • Mercy Learning Center
  • Necessities, Inc.
  • Norwalk Arts and Crafts
  • Norwalk Symphony Orchestra
  • Norwalk Youth Symphony
  • Positive Directions
  • Project Return
  • Smart Kids
  • Staples PTA  Post Prom
  • Staples Tuition Grants
  • STAR
  • Susan Fund
  • Westport Country Playhouse
  • Westport Department of Human Services
  • Westport EMS
  • Westport Historical Society
  • Westport/Weston Family Y

One response to “Rotary Rocks Westport

  1. Innocent Bystander

    Charity begins at home and it is nice to see the Rotary Club benefiting local organizations. On a sidenote, did you know that Connecticut, while the richest per capita, ranks 26th of the United States in charitable contributions? Number 1: Mississippi which is also the poorest state although rated (with Maine and Louisiana) as one containing more “happy” people than other states (per “Pursuit of Happiness”).