The Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch held it’s Carnivale 2020 fundraiser this past Saturday night, 3/7/20, at Branches.  A great time was had by all.  The food was delicious and the company was great.  Dancing to the irresistible beat of the New York Samba Band along with traditional Brazilian dancers in their Carnival costumes was a real treat.
The beneficiaries of the event were:
Sylvia’s Children, changing Uganda One Child At A Time!
Uganda… 1.5 million orphans
Uganda… 95% of the population does not have electricity
Uganda… more than half of the population lives on less than $2 a day
Uganda… 95% of the population does not have water
Uganda… only 20% of the male children go past 7th grade
Uganda… only 17% of the female children go past 7th grade
Sylvia’s Children is trying to address these problems, starting with education. As the adopted grandmother to over 1,000 children at the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary and Day Care School, Sylvia Allen has made a significant difference in the children’s lives and hopefully, give them enough education to have a better life than their ancestors.
For the last seventeen years they have made a difference in these children’s lives… providing a well so they don’t get sick, a library and books, additional classroom blocks, a nurse and health care services, the list goes on. Their goal is to make the school totally self-sustaining so we can take this model and apply it .
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The DEPCA Foundation:
Whose mission is to help people overcome cultural, legal, physical and financial barriers by offering support and guidance that will enable each applicant to broaden their horizons, live up to their full potential and reach their dreams while strengthening a sense of community.
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Thank you to our sponsors without whose help this event would not have been possible:
Investors Bank
Monmouth University
Woolley-Boglioli Funeral Home
Atlantic Security and Fire
Excel Travel
Artis Senior Living
Wondering what Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Greater Long Branch is about?  Rotary’s 1.2 million members worldwide believe that helping to change the world starts with a personal commitment to “Service Above Self”.   In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you’ll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
Want to attend?  Simply give us a call at (732) 483-6973 to make a reservation or pay $20 lunch fee at the door.  We meet Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant 12:15pm on Fridays. For more information visit us at
For all photos of event click on  Carnivale 2020 under photo albums on left side of page.