Jasper (Local Sources) – The Rotary Club of Jasper recently partnered with Will Read and Sing for Food* to bring the community a very special event titled Will Read and Sing for Polio. This event was held at KlubHaus 61 in Jasper on February 2, 2017.
The Rotary Club of Jasper is pleased to announce that Will Read and Sing for Polio donations from the event only totaled $3,900.
However, the event’s impact did not end there. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a 2:1 match, bringing the donation to $11,700. Additionally, Rotary District 6580 provided matching funds of $.50 to the dollar, making the grand total a $17,550.00 donation to PolioPlus.
Admission to Will Read and Sing for Polio was a $10 per person donation, with all proceeds going to Rotary’s PolioPlus fund, a Rotary effort focused on the eradication of polio globally.
Performers for the evening included humor writer and event host Scott Saalman, vocalists and guitarists Kyle Lueken and Debbie Schuetter, Jasper Rotary Club’s own Ed Cole on harmonica, and special guest reggae musician Zion. “When I Wake,” an award winning short film created by Hannah Rydberg of Jasper High School, was also screened. WNIN’s Paola Marizan co-hosted the event with Saalman. Rotary International Past District Governor Timothy Lee of Greenwood, who has traveled the globe extensively for Rotary outreach endeavors, shared his knowledge about PolioPlus during a live interview with Marizan, viewable on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WillReadForFood.
Will Read and Sing for Polio was spearheaded by committee head and past Rotary Club of Jasper President Julie Dutchess, along with her team of Jasper Rotarians. Dutchess stated, “The Power of Rotary is amazing! Bringing the community together to support PolioPlus and shedding light on Polio eradication was my goal. I never anticipated what a huge financial impact this event would generate.”
Special thanks to show sponsors including Julie and Bob Dutchess, Seufert Construction, Ken Sendelweck (Merrill Lynch), Bob and Ann Schneider, Pieper Burns State Farm, Pat and MJ Saalman, Sandy and Ronnie Karney, and Dallas and Rae Anne Toothman. Rotary special guests for the evening included Tim and Amy Lee, Greenwood, IN along with Jim Bright, Past District 6580 Governor, Bloomington, IN.