Front row L-R: Tom Bury, LRF Director; "B" Bianchi, LRF Director; Dee Leh, LRF Director; Steve Tautz, LRF Director; Carl and Julie Mattson, Major Donors; Susan Thornton, Exc. Dir. Littleton Leadership Academy ; LaDonna Jurgensen, LRF director; Courtney Loehfelm, Exc. Dir. Arapahoe Community College Foundation and LRF Honorary Dir.; Charlie Vail DMV, LRF Dir.
Back row L_R; Cindy Rold, LRF Dir.; Bill White, Littleton Rotary President & LRF Dir.; Jen Engquist, Exc. Dir. Break Bread; Paul Parish, President LRF; Bebe Kleinman, CEO of Doctors Care; Rev Trudy Robinson, Keynote Speaker.
After decades of giving tens of thousands of dollars to area charitable causes, the Rotary Club of Littleton, founded in 1922, is celebrating one of its most successful fund-raising efforts ever.
On Tuesday evening, March 19th, the club held a celebration dinner after raising $100,000 in December 2018. That effort was sparked by a $50,000 anonymous gift to the Littleton Rotary Foundation if club members matched that amount, which they did. This brought the Foundation fund balance in the Foundation to approximately $990,000.
At the celebration dinner at Pinehurst Country Club, Littleton Rotary Foundation President Paul Parish MC’d the event to include former Club President Belinda “B” Bianchi and the history of the Rotary Club of Littleton. Current Club President Bill White, whose efforts led to the anonymous $50,000 challenge grant, introduced the donor, and incoming Club President Steve Tautz talked about his vision for Rotary as the club approaches its 100th anniversary in 2022.
Included in the event’s activities was an inspirational talk about Rotary values of “service above self” by Littleton Rotarian Rev. Trudy Robinson, Senior Pastor of Littleton United Methodist Church., Four organizations that received Rotary Foundation grants in May 2018 were represented to talk about the value of the Foundation gifts to their charitable causes. These were Jen Engquist, Executive Director of Break Bread; Bebe Kleinman, CEO of Doctors Care; Courtney Loehfelm, Executive Director, Arapahoe Community College Foundation; and Susan Thornton, former two-time Littleton Mayor and Chair of the Board of Littleton Leadership Academy.
The Littleton Rotary Foundation intends to award grants totaling about $55,000 in May of 2019, and it is accepting applications from Littleton charitable organizations with submissions due by April 30.Information is available on the Rotary Club of Littleton’s website: .