Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges - including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns – while encouraging high standards in all vocations.
The 2013 Mustang Raffle Drawing was held on Tuesday October 1.
The winning ticket was drawn by Victoria Alvarez, a Rotary exchange student visiting from Argentina, with David Shaw and Chief Tony Smith assisting.
Some of the club members who participate in selling tickets on the street to support the scholarship fund pose one last time with this sharp 1968 Mustang.
Ticket sales amounted to $64,368.
And the winner is.....
Michael Abrams of Toledo, Ohio.
David Shaw reported that Michael was elated to hear the news. He purchased the winning ticket when he visited St. Michaels to attend a wedding.
The 2013 Mustang Raffle is nearing its culmination with the drawing on October 1, 2013. Our scholarship recipients for this year have gone off to their schools of higher learning and our local Rotarians have been braving the sun and cool breezes of the St. Michaels summer selling for next year's shining stars. There is still time to make your contribution. Visit us in the center of town on Saturday or Sunday. Good Luck.
Indian philanthropist and businesswoman Rajashree Birla has announced a new gift of US$1 million to Rotary to help eradicate polio. The gift brings her total contributions to the Rotary effort to more than $7.2 million.
What’s more, this gift will be matched two-for-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, resulting in $3 million in new funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Rotary is a leading partner in the GPEI, especially in advocating government and donor support, fundraising, and building public awareness. Through the End Polio Now: Make History Today fundraising campaign, the Gates Foundation is matching two-for-one every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication, up to $35 million per year, from 2013 through 2018.