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Rotary Club Variety Show pulls in $5,000 for charity

It's one of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival's most popular events - and also one that pulls in funds to help charities locally and around the world.

Officials say this year's Saranac Lake Rotary Club Variety Show raised more than $5,000 for community service projects.

515 people attended this year's show, held Feb. 11 at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

The event featured singing, dancing, storytelling, comedy, music and more, including performances by Steve Borst, Roy Hurd, the Saranac Lake High School Vocal Ensembles, comedian and juggler Steven Gratto, pianist Joey Izzo, storyteller Doug Fitzgerald, and, of course, the Rotary Show Dancers.

John Banta is president of the Saranac Lake Rotary Club.

"It was a terrific old-fashioned variety show," he said. "The acts were wonderful and the spirit of the community was heart-felt."

Rotary International provides aid worldwide for things like polio eradication, but also works to assist local projects.

The local club provides scholarships for students of all ages and funds projects like the skateboard park and an effort to construct a new ski lodge at Dewey Mountain.

"It all comes back to Saranac Lake," Banta said. "This is our community service money."

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