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Originally published: 2014-02-24 15:18:33
Last modified: 2014-02-24 15:19:47

Rotary raises $10,000 from fruit sales

The Boone Sunrise Rotary Club wishes to thank the High Country community for its support of the club's recent annual citrus fruit sale.  

 "We enjoyed a record year, thanks to support from our community members.  The nearly $10,000 we raised will go to support local, regional and international organizations and needs," Susan Pettyjohn, club's fundraising chairwoman, said.

The fundraiser, "Great Fruit for a Great Cause," raises funds for the following programs:

Annual scholarships for Watauga High School seniors to attend a college of their choice.

Dictionaries that are provided to all Watauga County seventh-grade students (along with other clubs).

International projects coordinated by the Rotary Foundation, including special funding to eliminate polio throughout the world.

Shelter boxes (a three room domed-tent with supplies for an entire family) which are sent to national and international areas devastated by natural disasters.

Rotary TAP (Tanzanian Aqua Project), which provides safe water collection systems for Tanzanians.In addition, every year the club receives requests from a variety of local charities in need of additional funding to meet critical needs in the community. 

 "We are very fortunate to serve a community where so much is done to help our children and families.  We look forward to a great year and our continued work together," Boone Sunrise Rotary Club president Frank Wilson said.