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26th Annual Share the warmth: Collection of warm winter clothing ends December 12

THIS YEAR, the Share the Warmth campaign has over 20 collection sites around Ithaca and Tompkins County. Donations of clean new or gently used winter clothing will be gratefully collected, sorted, and distributed across the area by volunteers from a number of partner organizations: the Ithaca, Dryden, and Trumansburg Rotary Clubs; Cornell University; Ithaca College; Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga; and Finger Lakes ReUse.

The familiar “red box” collection bins can be found at locations including:

  • Agway True Value Home Center (Cayuga Mall),
  • BorgWarner Morse Systems (Warren Rd.),
  • CFCU Community Credit Union (Main Branches),
  • Gimme! Coffee (506 W. State St.),
  • Island Health & Fitness (Taughannock Blvd. and Community Corners),
  • Ithaca College Campus Center,
  • Locations around the Cornell campus,
  • Ithaca Community Childcare Center (579 Warren Rd.),
  • Ithaca High School Main Office,
  • Kendal at Ithaca,
  • Mama Goose (430 W. State St.),
  • P&C Fresh,
  • Seneca Place (inside Tioga St. entrance),
  • Triphammer Marketplace (outside Ithaca Bakery),
  • Wegmans,
  • YMCA,
  • Dryden Community Center Café,
  • Trumansburg: Shur-Save and St. James Catholic Church

All winter clothing in good repair is accepted. There is a special need for larger-sized clothing (2X and up) and large-sized boots (13 and up), as well as coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens for all, especially for children—and blankets. Each article of clothing donated should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients.

Share the Warmth was initiated by the Ithaca Rotary Club in 1987 on the Cornell campus and then in 1993 throughout the county. Last year, the program distributed more than 4,307 items to 527 households across Tompkins County.

Mary Berens Inducted as New President
She leads the Rotary Club of Ithaca, July 2018 through June 2019

Currently the Director of Alumni Affairs, emeritus, at Cornell University, Mary Berens graduated from Cornell and returned to her hometown near Rochester, N.Y., where she worked as a travel agent for 2 years before joining the Public Affairs staff at Cornell. Her 32-year career at Cornell included a variety of fundraising, alumni relations, and volunteer and staff management assignments. An Ithaca resident since 1982, Mary is married to Paul Feeny and they have 2 children, Richard and Sarah, ages 47 and 46.

Over the past 35 years, Mary has been a volunteer on several local boards including the Hangar Theatre and Alpha House Foundation, and has served as an officer on the boards of Catholic Charities Tompkins Tioga, Chi Chapter Delta Gamma, The Community Foundation of Tompkins County, and the Rotary Club of Ithaca.

“In addition to getting to know and building a network of a diverse group of community members, being a Rotarian offers many opportunities to develop and implement solutions for a myriad of programs and projects that make a difference in the lives of individuals as well as entire communities,” Mary said. “Collaboration with local partners — both domestic and international, some longstanding, some recently inaugurated — is the hallmark of how Rotarians get things done. I am energized by the opportunities on the agenda for our Rotary Club this year, and in the years to come.”

Elected club officers assisting President Mary in 2018-19 are:
  • President-Elect: Frank Towner
  • Vice President: Geoff Dunn
  • Treasurer: Jay O’Leary
  • Secretary: Joanne Lamoureaux

The Rotary Club of Ithaca, chartered in 1915, has 170 members. It is a member of Rotary International, and shares the motto Service Above Self. There are 1.2 million Rotarians and 35,000+ clubs, in more than 190 countries around the world.

Ithaca Rotary Club Launches Fundraiser for Puerto Rico Recovery with 25 Area Sponsors

The Rotary Club of Ithaca, with the help of more than 20 local restaurants, is raising $10,000 for disaster recovery in Puerto Rico by organizing a raffle that features a dozen dinners valued at $100 each as the grand prize. Four other gift certificate prize packages valued from $150 to $500 are also available, for a total of five prizes. Only 200 tickets are being sold until February 14 at $50 each, and are available online at www.rotarydozendinnerdraw.org and in person at The Pack 'N Ship Store, 101 East State Street, The Commons, Ithaca.

The Dozen Dinner Draw, initiated by the Ithaca Rotary Club’s International Service Committee, is modeled on a similar raffle organized by a Rotary Club in the Toronto area. When Dennis Gray, a former member of that club, relocated to the Ithaca area, he was impressed with the variety of fine dining establishments in Tompkins County and thought the raffle would be a great fit for the community.

“The purpose of this is to raise funds for international service projects so that we can have a more significant impact on what our Club does on the international stage with Rotary,” Gray said.

The funds will be used for a variety of water and sanitation disaster recovery projects in Puerto Rico, which suffered catastrophic infrastructure damage from Hurricane Maria last September.

“Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation do such tremendous work around the world and our Club wants to raise the profile of these initiatives in our community,” added Nancy Potter, co-chair of the Rotary Club of Ithaca’s International Service Committee, which is organizing the fundraiser. “Ticket buyers have a 1 in 40 chance of winning a fabulous prize and your generous contribution supports long-term recovery for Puerto Rico.”

The participating restaurants are featured at www.rotarydozendinnerdraw.org and are listed below.

The winners of the Dozen Dinner Draw raffle will be selected at a gala Valentine’s Day gourmet dinner that will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, at the Country Club of Ithaca, 189 Pleasant Grove Road, Ithaca. All are invited to this Dozen Dinner Draw event; need not be present to win. Reservations for the dinner at $45 per person can be made by calling 607-257-0010.

The 25 Dozen Dinner Draw sponsor restaurants are: Agava, August Moon Spa @ La Tourelle, Coltivare, Country Club of Ithaca, Gola Osteria, Inn at Taughannock, Joe's Restaurant, John Thomas Steakhouse, Kilpatrick's Publick House, Little Venice, Mahogany Grill, Maxie's Supper Club & Oyster Bar, Mercato Bar & Kitchen, Mix, Monks on the Commons, Moosewood Restaurant, Nikki Green Restaurant, Northstar House, Sahara Mediterranean Restaurant, Tamarind, Taverna Banfi, The Antlers, The Boatyard Grill, The Heights Restaurant & H Bar, and Zaza's Cucina. All are featured at www.rotarydozendinnerdraw.org

For more information, contact Nancy Potter at potternancy20@gmail.com or 607-591-5811.

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