Rotarians from Avon, Penfield and Spencerport recently provided and served meals to 250 people associated with Gilda’s Club of Rochester.
Tom Vonglis, president of Avon Rotary, previously approached Gilda’s Club and asked what would brighten the day of children dealing with cancer. Vonglis then decided to coordinate with Spencerport and Penfield Rotary clubs and Sally Cramer, of Gilda’s Club, to provide lunches for Carnival Day at Camp Open Arms in Penfield.
The three Rotary clubs combined members, finances and resources to prepare hamburgers, hot dogs and fixings for 250 counselors, adults, staff and campers ages 4-14.
“This was a great opportunity to work with other Rotary clubs and follow through on a service project that not only gives financial support but also hands-on work that helps make a difference for this organization and the children they support,” Vonglis said.
Avon Rotary sent 17 members to the event; Penfield and Spencerport each sent four.
“The Rotarians’ cookout was very well received by the kids,” Cramer said. “It was a big part of providing a carnival atmosphere. We might not have been able to hold the event without them.”