The Saranac Lake Rotary Club raised more than $6,000 for community service projects at its annual Winter Carnival Rotary Show this year.
“We sold more tickets than last year and got plenty of support from Rotary member business sponsorships,” said Rotary Show co-organizer Mary Brown, adding that the club raised about $1,000 more than a year ago.
Over the past few years, Saranac Lake Rotary Club members have worked hard to make sure their Rotary Show is self-sustaining by paying for production costs through sponsorships. This year, 16 member businesses participated in the sponsorship program, covering expenses such as the entertainment and leaving more ticket sales to go toward community service projects.
The Feb. 10 Rotary Show featured singing, dancing, comedy and musical acts throughout the evening. Some of the favorites included musicians Steve Borst, Sue Grimm and Crackin’ Foxy, the Saranac Lake High School Vocal Ensembles, comedy juggler Eric Geoffrey-Belcher and the Rotary Show Dancers.
“We had great entertainers this year, and the Rotary Dancers reached a new high, or low, depending on your viewpoint,” Brown said with a smile. “Their far-out costumes fit the theme very well. They were truly Space Alien invaders.”
While Rotary International works to help people around the world with projects like polio eradication, clubs also provide assistance to local organizations for special projects.
The Winter Carnival Rotary Show is a major fundraiser for the Saranac Lake Rotary Club, which gives back to the community through scholarships and helping with projects such as the local skateboard park, Dewey Mountain, continuing improvements to public facilities at the Harrietstown Town Hall, Lift Mount Pisgah, the Community Lunchbox, and the Adirondack Carousel. The Rotary Show proceeds help with these needs.
Brown thanked all those who help make the Rotary Show better every year.
“The show really runs itself,” she said, “because the committee chairs are so good.”
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,600 clubs worldwide. Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self.”
The Saranac Lake Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Nonna Fina restaurant. Community members are welcome, and the cost for breakfast is $10.