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Rotary Club of St. Augustine launches new community program for jobless workers
Members of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine recently launched the organization's newest initiative to commemorate the Club's centennial anniversary with a program to help unemployed and furloughed workers in St. Johns County.
By: Rotary Club of Saint Augustine
Due to the pandemic, the Club's 100th anniversary year gala event was canceled and ticket sales plus sponsorships and member donations were converted into more than $20,000 in gift cards with additional funding support. To date, the Club has received more than 70 applications for assistance and further requests are expected.
For more information, contact Committee Chair Dan Hilbert via email at Rotarygives@
According to Peggy Gachet, Rotary Club of St. Augustine's President, the organization will continue to raise money in hopes of supporting the much-needed program. "For more than 100 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence with a dedication to sustainable projects. From local literacy programs and goodwill activities to water and health interests in the region, we are always working to better our world and our communities,"
All donations to the new initiative will be 100 percent tax-deductible as the Rotary Club of St. Augustine Foundation will receive the funds and purchase the gift cards. Current sponsors include the Saint Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAIRA); The Raintree Restaurant; Peggy Gachet, Broker-Associate with Watson Realty Corp.; Christine Matthaei, Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Nissan of St. Augustine; The Bailey Group; W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc.; Matanzas Law, and St. Johns Law Group. Additionally, many Gala ticket purchasers graciously waived their refunds and donated to the cause. The Club also transferred funds from its reserves account to kick off the program.
"For decades our club has made substantial financial contributions to worthy projects locally and internationally. We are proud and pleased to initiate the gift card program with Publix," said Gachet. As Rotarians, members are dedicated to the organization's international motto, "Service Above Self". For more information, visit the website at https://staugustinerotary.org or email email@example.com. Visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/