PATTERSON, N.Y. -- The Rotary Club of Patterson announced that it made donations on Valentine's Day totaling $17,000 to 20 local charities.
The donation drive, held at the Patterson Recreation Center, is called the "Valentine’s Giveaway" and is one of two major "Community Awards Giveaways," the Rotary noted, adding that its next one is in June and will assist a different list of groups.
“That’s why you’re all here and you should be really proud of yourselves," Patterson Rotary Club President Anthony Molé said in a statement. "We appreciate the time and dedication that you take in your organizations to do what you do so well. Without people like you in the room our community is a much lesser place. We all take pride in our community and we all want to do whatever we can to help our community, it’s our civic duty.”
The Community Awards Giveaways, according to the Rotary, distribute proceeds collected from three of its fundraisers. The fundraisers are "Men Who Cook," which will be held again on May 6 and include foods from profession and amateur chefs; the Patterson Rotary Blues & BBQ Festival, which will take place in September; and Touch-A-Truck For Heroes in October, which will allow for kids to check out big trucks.