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Mt. Pleasant Rotary makes donations to community organizations

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 2:06 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
From left are Mt. Pleasant Historical Society Board Chairman Richard Snyder, Historical Society President Rick Meason, Rotarian Tom Forsythe, Cat Committee President Cynthia Stevenson, Viking Country Boys Basketball President David Mohar, Rotary President Kathleen Comini, Mt. Pleasant Senior Center Director Pam Soforic, Mt. Pleasant Senior Center Supervisor Jennifer Gilpin, Lynn Horne of the Children’s Aid Home and Viking Country Boys Basketball Treasurer Lisa Gadagno. Rotary presented these organizations with monetary donations.

Nonprofit groups helped themselves by taking part in the the Mt. Pleasant Rotary's annual calendar sales.

“It's a benefit to them as well as to the community,” said Tom Forsythe, calendar fundraising committee member for the Rotary. “They can make some money for themselves, then the proceeds from the calendar goes back to their group. It's a winner for everyone.”

Mt. Pleasant Rotary began to sell the calendars four years ago as a fundraiser. But the program has a bit of a twist.

Nonprofit groups can sell the calendars and receive a portion of the proceeds.

“The more calendars they sell, the more money their group will then receive,” Rotary President Kathleen Comini said. “It's a nice opportunity for them to make some money for their groups, and it's open to any group that would like to sell them.”

The calendars are sold in the fall. Each one carries a three-digit number.

If the calendar number is the same as the evening Pennsylvania Daily Number drawn, the owner of the calendar wins money.

“We sold around 900 this year, which is pretty nice,” Forsythe said. “Our goal, of course, is to sell all 1,000, but we were happy with what they did. These groups pretty much do all of the selling for us.”

The groups that received checks from the Rotary this year included: Mt. Pleasant Senior Center, Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department, Mt. Pleasant Cat Committee, Viking Country Boys Basketball, Mt. Pleasant Historical Society and Children's Aid Home Program in Somerset.

“This has been a blessing for us,” Lynne Horne of the Children Aid Program said. “This is the second year for us and we really appreciate this gift. Anything we can get for the kids is great.”

Historical Society President Rick Meason said the group is appreciative of the money received.

Cat Committee President Cynthia Stevenson was pleased that the Rotary offered the opportunity to earn money for her organization.

“I really think that it's wonderful that they are making this donation to us and to the other organizations,” Stevenson said. “I think it's great how they are helping the organizations in the community.”

The Rotary plans to sell the calendars again next year. It will begin taking information from perspective nonprofit organizations interested in selling the calendars.

“Toward the end of October, anyone that is interested can contact us if they wish to sell some of the calendars for the following year,” Comini said. “It's a nice, easy way for these groups to make extra money for their organizations.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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