CHASKA, MN (September 8, 2014) –Chaska Rotary is pleased to announce it is seeking fund recipients for the proceeds to be raised at its 2015 Annual Gala. The Gala, which celebrates Chaska by honoring and recognizing a long time community advocate with the George C. Klein Service Above Self Award, raises over $20,000 annually which is disbursed directly to local community groups. Last year, including matching contributions from local organizations, the Gala raised and disbursed $50,000 to local organizations.
The guiding principals used in selecting a recipient organization are as follows: (1) the funds will be used in Chaska or to benefit Chaska residents; (2) the funds tend to benefit many versus a few, or a few versus an individual; (3) the funds benefit traditionally underserved population(s) or meet the basic human needs of the Chaska community; (4) the funds will be used to complete or fund an identifiable or tangible project of the recipient organization; and (5) Rotary will have an opportunity to develop a relationship with the recipient organizations by either hands on participation in the project funded or other interaction with the recipient organization. No one guiding principal is exclusive and chosen recipient organizations may not meet all criteria.
If you know of an organization or are a part of an organization who meets some or all of the guiding principals and could benefit from support of Chaska Rotary, please submit a nomination letter to [email protected] or to Chaska Rotary at P.O. Box 14, Chaska, MN 55318 no later than October 10, 2014. Chosen recipient organizations will be contacted before October 31, 2014. Funds will be disbursed at the Gala in early March 2015.
The 2014 major donor was River Valley Nursing Center (RVNC), a non-profit organization established to provide preventive care to uninsured individuals in the Carver and Scott County area. The funds were specifically targeted towards “pop up” style services throughout the Chaska community. St. Francis Regional Medical Center graciously matched the $15,000 donation resulting in a $30,000 contribution to RVNC. Separately, funds were provided to Five Stars Recovery and CAP Agency’s Crisis Nursery. Each organization was provided $10,000 due to the resounding success of the fundraising efforts. As a result the Gala provided $50,000 to worthy Chaska organizations.