Brentwood Rotary Raises over $20,000 in 2020 for Polio Eradication
Every year, The Rotary Club of Brentwood donates thousands of dollars toward the eradication of polio through its Brentwood Rotary Charitable Foundation, but this year’s total donation will be the largest ever thanks to a partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts.
Purple Pinkie Day is held annually throughout Rotary District 6760, which encompasses most of the state of Tennessee.  Rotarians partner with Dunkin’ Donuts to purchase doughnuts raising funds for PolioPlus.  A box of 10 Purple Pinkie Donuts costs $20.  One end of each long john donut is painted with purple icing.  This “Purple Pinkie” serves as a reminder of the actual purple pinkie fingers that children who have just been vaccinated proudly display. This three-year-old polio Purple Pinkie campaign is the brainchild of Knoxville franchise owner and fellow Rotarian, Dave Baumgartner.
This year, members of the Rotary Club of Brentwood, TN took top honors for the entire District raising funds totaling $20,025.  Each box of donuts sold by Rotarians generated $180 in donations to End Polio Now, thanks to additional matching funds donated by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International, and Rotary District 6760. The Brentwood Rotary Club’s donation will provide vaccines for 6,675 children globally.
To date Rotary International, in conjunction with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has administered over 2.5 billion polio vaccines throughout the world. As a result of this effort, wild polio virus has been reduced 99.9% since 1988. If you would like to be a part of the effort to eradicate polio, please click here.