---- — PLATTSBURGH — The 49th-annual Rotary Radio Day, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh and Sunrise Rotary Club of Plattsburgh, will be held Wednesday, April 24.
Rotarians from the noontime and morning Rotary clubs will take to the airwaves on 1340 WIRY Hometown Radio to read advertisements from local businesses and donors and speak about Rotary’s impact in the local community.
WIRY turns over 12 hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) of its programming to Rotary to help raise funds for the charities and organizations the two clubs support in the local community.
Noon Rotary Club co-Chair Jack Helfgott said the two clubs are now seeking advertisements from local businesses and organizations to read live on the air.
“We hope to raise more than $25,000 for this one-day event,” he said in a news release. “It sounds like a lot of money, but there are so many individuals and businesses who give generously to this event annually. We appreciate their continued support.”
SUPPORTS LOCAL EFFORTS
Sunrise Rotary Co-Chair Kathy Duley said each Rotarian gets involved by selling at least one advertisement.
“It is not as labor intensive as many of our fundraising projects, such as the Mayor’s Cup Regatta, for instance. But if every member sells even one ad, we can make quite a bit of money to be used toward community humanitarian projects.”
Last year, the two clubs raised $22,700, which benefited the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, United Way, academic scholarships for SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, Mental Health Association, Stop Domestic Violence, Big Buddies, North Country Mission of Hope and others.
TREE HOUSE PROJECT
The Sunrise Rotary club has also taken on a major role for the next few years in helping to fund the Universally Accessible Max Moore Memorial Tree House along the Saranac River Trail.
Last year, the club completed the Community Pavilion at Wilcox Dock and donated materials and labor to build the welcome sign at the Clinton County Airport and the gazebo at the Riverwalk in downtown Plattsburgh.
The Noon Rotary Club recently finished construction of a pavilion at Rotary Centennial Park on the Old Base and has committed $50,000 toward the Strand Theatre restoration project.
The two clubs have also provided funding to stamp out polio worldwide, establish an eye-care clinic in India, construct latrines in poverty-stricken Nicaragua and sponsor international water projects and the Shelter Box project.
Helfgott said that businesses, organizations and individuals who are not contacted but wish to support Rotary Radio Day, can email any of the Rotary co-chairs: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.