The Noon Rotary Club of Barrington presented nearly $38,000 in financial contributions to 18 deserving Barrington-area non-profit groups and charitable funds during its annual holiday luncheon in the Performing Arts Center at the Garlands of Barrington on Dec. 11. The funds were raised through several special events and member donations in the past year, including the club’s second-annual community Sock Hop on Oct. 6. Among the presentations were checks for $10,000 each to both Barrington Youth and Family Services and CareerPlace, which were selected as the primary beneficiaries of the Sock Hop proceeds.
Representatives from all 18 organizations were on hand for the Dec. 11 holiday luncheon to receive their gifts, ranging from a minimum of $500 to the larger amounts designated for Barrington Youth and Family Services and CareerPlace. Club President Joe Kelsch Sr. hosted the event and Executive Board member Larry Barnett made the check presentations on behalf of his colleagues.
The Rotary Club of Barrington was formed and chartered in 1960. There are presently 36 members of the noon club, representing a variety of professions, interests and charitable endeavors in the community.