The Rotary Club of Ridgefield capped off its 2014-15 “Rotary Year” with $23,500 in Community Grants to local non-profit organizations. President Rich Vazzana, explained: “These Community Grants are in addition and to and separate from the more than $25,000 in ear-marked funds raised in 2014-15 for scholarships, winter fuel assistance, the international Rotary Foundation and to help local veterans.”
The Rotary Club’s Community Grants are used to meet an array of needs, including special purchases
and projects by local groups. Highlights include: $5,000 to Ann’s Place to help provide cancer patients and their families a comprehensive set of non-medical services; $5,000 to Parks and Recreation to help build the Imagination Station playground in Ballard Park; $2,500 to RVNA for purchase of an “INR” machine used by a nurse to monitor blood clotting levels in patients who are taking blood thinning medications; $2,500 to Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra which, in partnership with SPHERE (Special People Housing, Education & Recreation) brings the orchestra’s musicians into SPHERE’s Music and Performing Arts meetings and SPHERE members to orchestra performances; $1,500 to Rides for Ridgefield for specialized scheduling software; $1,500 to Meals on Wheels.
Selection of grant recipients was made by a committee of Rotarians after a written application process. Rotary’s funds for Community Grants were raised primarily through the Taste of Ridgefield program in January and the Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival, Rotary’s joint fund-raising venture with the Lounsbury House, which took place in May. All net proceeds are used for charitable purposes.