In the Spotlight — Rotary Club grocery grab raises scholarship money




Among things that make a community strong are business leaders with a heart for the community. You can find a collection of 42 such souls in the Garden City Rotary Club.

The group recently completed one of its two annual fundraisers, the grocery grab, organized by Rotarian Ray Purdy. Tickets for the annual event were a sold-out show this year, with all 500 being purchased. The sale netted about $6,200 for annual scholarships the Rotary Club gives out.

Trish Keller won the grand prize, a five-minute grocery run through Dillons Grocery Store East.

"She headed for the produce aisle first," Purdy said.

There she grabbed a few avocados or mangos — observers weren't certain which — before rushing toward the meat aisle, grabbing things along the way, and packing the cart as tightly as possible.

"She got about $625 in groceries," Purdy said. The lowest ever was about $500 and the highest $800.

Nineteen others won gift certificates for $100.

"That's one of the main things, there is not just one winner," Purdy said. "We gave back 30 percent of the funds taken in."

Garden City's Rotary Club has been in the community for 91 years as of this year. In addition to scholarships, they purchase dictionaries for third-graders, send students to leadership camps and help with a variety of other city projects.

On a global scale, the club also works toward the eradication of polio.

"We're down to three countries in the world," Purdy said. "Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. You look at the overall deal — how many thousands of kids were stricken with polio and what it is now — it's just tremendous."

The next Rotary Club fundraiser will be a Halloween celebration in the fall.

The club for business and professional leaders in the community meets each Wednesday at noon at Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.

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