Rotary donates from Twisted Vintner

The Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary Wednesday donated more than $31,000 dollars from proceeds raised from this past June’s Twisted Vintner event. Chapter  President Hank Fisher handed out checks to eight of nine recipients during the Dec. 19 luncheon at Pescatore’s in Keystone Plaza.

Fisher said it was the first time the chapter invited all the recipient charities to the group’s holiday lunch. The group gave out a total of $31,250.

Among the recipients, and the one which received the largest amount, was the Garnet Valley School District, getting $9,500. School Superintendent Marc Bertrando thanked the Rotary and said the Rotary’s values and the districts are the same, “that every student is worthy.”

The Glen Mills School received $1,750.

Receiving $5,000 each were the Rachel Kohl Library, Bournelyf Special Camp, and Mommy Sue’s Children — a school in Haiti that was devastated by a hurricane.

Rachel Kohl Director Susan Sternberg said, “We rely on the kindness of our neighbors to help us keep our doors open,”

She said the money would go toward buying more non-English material. Sternberg said the largest non-English-speaking group comes from a portion of India where Telugu is spoken. Spanish is second and Russian is the third largest of the non-English speaking groups.

Sue Mardinly, a Rotarian, said Mommy Sue’s wouldn’t exist without the Rotary. Tim Greim, the board president of camp Bournelyf, said the camp is truly grateful for the Rotary’s help since campers’ only pay 50 percent of the cost.

Other groups getting donations were CASA, the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health, Darlington Arts Center, Newlin Grist Mill and the Brandywine Youth Club. They received $1,000 each.

Twisted Vintner is the Rotary’s main fundraiser of the year, held every June.




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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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