Winter Park-Fraser Rotary donates to local organizations |

Winter Park-Fraser Rotary donates to local organizations

Hank Shell
Winter Park-Fraser Valley Rotary Club President Philip Naill and Fraser Mayor Peggy Smith hold a $2,000 check from the Rotary Club to the Winter Park Ski Education Foundation.
Mark Lund |

As Winter Park-Fraser Valley Rotary Club President Philip Naill will tell you, his organization donates a lot of money every year.

And this year is no different.

The Rotary Club has recently donated a total of $3,000 to two local organizations, in addition to funding other activities.

The Rotary Club gave $2,000 to the Winter Park Ski Education Foundation, which provides money to help local junior winter athletes with training and travel expenses, and $1,000 to the Grand County Advocates, which provides counseling and shelter for women and children who are victims of physical and emotional abuse.

The Rotary Club also funded an evening meal for 250 children suffering from cancer at the Shining Stars Foundation summer retreat and paid for two high school and two junior high school students from Grand County to attend leadership camps sponsored by the Rotary Club.

It’s an impressive show of generosity, but Naill said the Rotary Club isn’t stopping there.

Last year, the club gave out around $27,000

“I hope we can surpass it,” Naill said. “It’s my goal as the president this year.”

Naill said he also hopes to increase membership in Rotary Club,

“I think that would be every president’s goal,” he added.

The Rotary Club made $1,000 by working shifts for the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber of Commerce this year. The chamber gave the club $25 per shift.

In addition, the Cornerstone Community Foundation matched the money made from the volunteer shifts.

But some of the club’s biggest fundraisers are yet to come, Naill said, including Bingo nights, which are scheduled most Saturdays starting Oct. 11 and running through March 14, 2015, at Carver’s in Winter Park.

Proceeds are split between the Rotary and other nonprofits that participate.

The Rotary Club meets each Tuesday at noon at Beaver Village in Winter Park.

For more information about the club, visit

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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