NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  11/23/2020
Contact: Tami Beard, President, Grand Junction Rotary, 503-551-6117
                Second Contact, John Duffy, Phone 970-234-4830
 
Salvation Army Annual Bell Ringing Competition/Fund Raiser
 
Grand Junction, CO – On Saturday, December 5, 2020 the Rotary Club of Grand Junction and the Grand Junction Kiwanis will be teaming up once again to raise funds for the Salvation Army.
 
Every year members of the two groups ring bells throughout the valley in a friendly competition to fill Salvation Army kettles. In past years, the combined effort of these clubs has brought in as much as
$65,000 to $70,000 to the Salvation Army coffers.
 
Salvation Army Captain Joe West commented on the significance of this annual contest, saying, “The Annual Kiwanis vs Rotary bell ringing is the most impactful fundraising day of the entire year! Donations from this competition help us serve our community all year long.”
 
West continued, “This year, we are particularly in dire need because of the effects of COVID. We lost
$140k of Thrift Store income while we were closed down, our pantry doubled its output and we started offering rental assistance, a new program. We are so grateful for Kiwanis and Rotary and their significant support year in and year out.”
 
You can drop your donation in the Rotary kettles at locations throughout the Grand Valley on December 5 from 10am to 12 pm and the Kiwanians will be ringing from 12 pm to 2 pm.
Rotary President Tami Beard said, “No matter which team you support, Rotary or Kiwanis, you can know that your drop in the bucket will add to many other drops, hopefully spilling over to help many who are in need.”
 
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Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 100 years, Rotary Club of Grand Junction members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to act on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
The Rotary mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.  Additional information at www.rotary.org, www.gjrotary.org.
 
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