Rotarians, banks join together for food shelf donation

"My initial thought was to raise $3,000 in a month, because, typically, Rotary collects $3,000 in a year for the food shelf," said Cooper. "I thought what a challenge this would be if we could raise this in a month, especially at a time when we need it most."

Cooper, who serves as president and chief executive officer of Champlain National Bank, decided to reach out to his friends in the local banking industry to see if they'd be interested in putting forth a challenge of their own. As a result, NBT Bank, Community Bank, Key Bank, Glens Falls National Bank, TD Banknorth and UFirst Credit Union joined Champlain National Bank in offering to contribute $2 for every dollar raised by Rotarians in a month's time.

It didn't take Rotarians long to respond to the challenge, however, and within the time of one recent meeting, that enough was pledged to make the more $4,142 donation possible.

"What I thought was going to take a month, took less than a lunch time," said Cooper. "Everyone just came together. It makes me proud to be a member of the club."

"I was completely amazed at how fast the members of our club pooled their money together to support such a wonderful local cause," said club president Steven G. Frederick. "My hat is off to Jon for not only organizing this fundraiser, but motivating others to dig in their own pockets."

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