Polio is paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable. In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children.
On April 13, 2018 Ridgefield Rotary teamed up with Tommy James & The Shondells to have an End Polio Now Concert. The event was a huge success as a sold out crowd of 500 attended the concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Thanks to concert goers, 25 sponsors and local businesses over $225,000 was raised.
On National Polio Day on October 24, First Selectman Rudy Marconi and members of Ridgefield Rotary hung a plaque in Town Hall commemorating the Town Of Ridgefield’s effort through Rotary which resulted in the tremendous contribution toward the “International Eradicate Polio Initiative”.