Visalia Rotary donates $100K to local nonprofits

Visalia Rotary Community Foundation has donated more than $1.3 million since 1990


VISALIA –  Rotary Clubs have donated more than $1.3 million into Visalia and surrounding communities in the last 28 years, and that’s just the money from its foundation. 

Last month, the Visalia Rotary Community Foundation announced it would donate $100,000 to seven local organizations this year, bringing the total $1.371 million since the Foundation was formed in 1990.

This year’s recipients include:

  • $15,000 to the Bethlehem Center for a walk-in cooler/freezer;
  • $5,000 to Blanket Ladies to assist in the purchase of annual supplies;
  • $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias to help improve the soccer/multi-use field at the Ivanhoe site;
  • $15,000 to The Creative Center to develop new restrooms at the Ginsburg Gallery & Art Studio;
  • $25,000 to Foodlink of Tulare County to assist with food quarantine and operations upgrades; 
  • $10,000 to Golden State YMCA to remodel a shower house at Tulequoia campground;
  • and $20,000 to the Visalia Rescue Mission for the replacement of a worn-out service vehicle.

The foundation is a joint effort of five Visalia Rotary clubs and the grants are a result of donations to the foundation by Rotarians and non-Rotarians. 

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Members of the Grant Committee who reviewed the applications are chairman Steve Chrisman, Larry Benevento, Tony Correia, Marvin Hansen, Gary Paden, Donn Ritter and Marty Zeeb. The executive director of the foundation is Eric Shannon.

“The Rotary Foundation is proud to be able to truly make a difference in our community through the generosity of donors,” Chrisman said. “With many important organizations, and much need, the decisions are difficult. We are grateful to the committee that helps make these decisions that impact lives and communities.”

For information, contact Steve Chrisman, Buckman-Mitchell, Inc., Insurance and Financial Services, at 635-3542. 

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