Rotary of Fort Mill Raises Money for Schools + Teachers

Rotary of Fort Mill Raises Money for Schools + Teachers

Fort Mill Rotary Charity Gala & Auction on Saturday, October 5 in Tega Cay

‘Diamonds & Denim’ is the theme for the 2019 Rotary Club of Fort Mill, SC Charity Gala & Auction on Saturday, October 5, in Tega Cay — with the Foundation for Fort Mill School as the main beneficiary. “Join a great night out for a great cause, everyone is invited, not just Rotarians. This is a not-to-be-missed event in our community”, states the service organization. “It is our hope to provide an even larger support to the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools through this effort. We hope to grow this our giving to  $100,000 this year.” 

The Rotary Gala fundraiser is an example of the kind of volunteer effort that separates us from other communities”

Dr. Chuck Epps, Fort Mill School District Superintendent
Fort Mill Gala 2019 - hosted by Rotary

“The education of our youth is truly a community effort and partnerships with charitable organizations are a cornerstone of public education. We are excited to team with the Fort Mill Rotary Club as they support the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools to provide needed programs and resources for the Fort Mill School District”, says Fort Mill School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Epps when asked about the direct impact the 2019 ‘Diamonds & Denim’ Charity Gala and Auction has.  “The Rotary Gala fundraiser is an example of the kind of volunteer effort that separates us from other communities.  On behalf of the students of the district, I offer a big thank you to the Fort Mill Rotary Club.” Rotary President Sabrina Gast adds: “As a lifelong resident of Fort Mill, it is exciting to know that the Fort Mill Rotary focuses on giving back to the community, that’s one of the reasons I am part of this wonderful club.”

Fort Mill Rotary focuses on giving back to the community, that’s one of the reasons I am part of this wonderful club!

Sabrina Gast, President, Rotary Club of Fort Mill

The Charity Gala is Fort Mill Rotary Club‘s main fundraiser for money for local and international causes, supporting Foundation for Fort Mill SchoolsAnne Springs Close Greenway and United Way, to name just three beneficiaries.

“Service Above Self” is Practiced in all Activities since 1991

Rotary Club of Fort Mill has given more than $2 million to local and international organizations.

Established in 1991, the focus was then and still is today, “Service Above Self” and is practiced in all activities. Over the last 28 years, Fort Mill Rotary Club has given more than $2 million to local organizations as well as to Rotary International for the eradication of Polio and clean water projects for Honduras. The 2018 gala’s proceeds contributed to Alzheimer Research. 

Highlights of the 2019 Fort Mill Rotary Gala include Live Band, Auctions, Good Food and an Open Bar

This year’s party starts with a welcome cocktail and appetizers at 6 pm at the Glennon Center at Tega Cay Golf Club, a new venue where live music by rising star Haley Mae Campbell and band, a fun photo booth, good food and open-bar, wine-pull plus silent and live auction await up to 300 guests. Expect gorgeous decorations, a carving station, mashed potato bar and sweet treats. Tickets are $100 per person, with a few still available. There is no official dress code, although paying tribute to the theme is encouraged.

Known for awesome auction items, this year’s Rotary gala is bringing back favorites like Carolina beach vacation homes, chef’s dinners with friends at local fine dining establishments, a full set of braces, a luxury river cruise to Christmas Markets in Europe, a custom golf cart, and last, but not least, the vasectomy which is always a great conversation starter. New to the live auction are Disneyworld tickets for the whole family, a newly built pergola and sod, and then there are countless items in the silent auction, too.

For a preview of the Rotary Fort Mill Gala 2019 auction items, take a look at our Fort Mill Rotary Club Facebook page.

School Board member Michele Branning adds: “What I love most about a Fort Mill Rotary Club Gala event is that I get to have fun with a lot of great people all while raising money and awareness for things that are important in our community and worldwide.  We focus on our local community and give back in a way that not many others can.  The best part is that you get to see the impact first hand that we have and that is the rewarding part of being a Rotarian.  You haven’t been to a great fundraising event until you have attended a Fort Mill Rotary Club Gala!”

Rotary past-President Patrick White confirms: “Jamie and I look forward to the Rotary Gala every fall since it is the primary fundraiser for our club. We are excited this year that our primary benefactor is the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools.”

If you can’t make it, you can still support Rotary’s mission and may even be the lucky winner of $10,000 by purchasing one or more raffle tickets. With a 1:300 chance, the odds are pretty good.

Rotary Gala Proceeds Benefit Foundation for Fort Mill Schools

Scott Patterson from the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools will ensure that the funds raised go where they are most needed and appreciated: “The Foundation is honored and blessed to partner with FM Rotary to help with our mission of Promoting Excellence in Education in the FM School District.  This partnership will allow the Foundation to increase our Innovative Classroom Teacher Grants, our Classroom Ready program and continue our effort in supporting the District’s STEAM initiative.  We are appreciative of this opportunity to partner with such an incredible organization.”

Check www.fortmillgala.org for more information and to get your tickets before the event sells out. 

Service Above Self

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