The Barrington Noon Rotary Club presented three local charities with the largest donations ever given by the club in its 51-year history on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at .
Barrington Giving Day, Food Pantry and Food Pantry were each presented with checks for $10,500 from the club. The money was raised in part by the club’s 2011 fundraiser that featured a sock hop with Chicago radio personality Dick Biondi.
“This award is absolutely amazing because this will be used for the children on the free and reduced lunch program in Barrington School District 200,” said Pat Karon, president of Barrington Giving Day.
Cuba Township Supervisor David Nelson was extremely grateful for the Rotarian’s generosity and expressed his thanks during the Nov. 1 meeting.
“The Barrington Rotary has always been there for us. You’ve not only donated money, but your time and effort. You’ve been such a huge supporter to our pantry and our efforts in Cuba Township. We greatly appreciated it.”
Cheryl Tanaka helps organize and operate the Food Pantry. Tanaka and the other donation recipients were aware they were receiving some sort of donation but didn’t know the large dollar amount before being handed the check.
“This is an outrageous amount of money,” Tanaka said. “I also want to thank you for being aware of those less fortunate in our community and acknowledging that there is a need, and also finding a way for David and I to give back to those who have given so much to me.”
Supervisor Gene Dawson also expressed his sentiments to the club for such generous donations handed out to local organizations.
“I can’t tell you enough and how many times and how many people you have helped. And I think you should be applauded for the work that you do.”