The Beloit Rotary Club hosted the Harlem Ambassadors Saturday afternoon to face off against the hometown Rotary Roundballers. While there were a lot of basketball skills on display, the event's purpose was to raise money for Heart Choices. After all of the receipts were collected and once the last bill was paid, the Beloit Rotary Club made a donation in the amount of $10,221 to Heart Choices. Rotary President, Eric Burks presented the check to Alice Thompson, Director of Heart Choices, at a Rotary meeting on Tuesday.
"Rotary is proud to have brought the Harlem Ambassadors to Beloit," said Burks. "The Ambassadors put on a great show and had a positive message for kids of all ages. I also can't say enough about the players and coaches of the Rotary Roundballers, they really got into the spirit of the event which made for a fun atmosphere and a great time." Burks also joked, "I do want to apologize for the indecent exposure of Brett Rowh's legs. Other than that it was a very family-friendly event."
Burks attributed the success of the event to the generous support of the community and a tremendous team effort by the Beloit Rotarians. "We were all amazed by the support of the community. People started filing in around 2pm and they just kept coming. I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did. Judging by the laughter and smiles I think they did." It was estimated a crowd of 1,200 attended the event.
"We really want to be sure to recognize and thank all those who contributed to the success of the event. We had over 40 businesses and individuals financially support the event and we just couldn't have done it without them," said Burks. Those sponsors include: AGCO, AgMark LLC, Beloit Auto & Truck Plaza, The Beloit Call, Bob & MaryAnn Severance, Carrico Implement Inc., Catlin's Apple Market, Central National Bank, Citizens State Agency, Cunningham Telephone Co., Eric Dunstan Trucking, Farmway, Farmway Credit Union, First National Bank of Beloit, Frasier & Johnson Law Office, The Guaranty State Bank & Trust Co., Investment Centers of America, KD Country 94 & Z-96.3 The Lake, KVSV Radio, Linton Insurance Agency, Max & Betty McGaughey, McDonald-Roberts Funeral Home, Meyer Chiropractic Center, Mitchell Co. Convention & Tourism Committee, Mitchell Co. Hospital Health Systems, NCK Tech, nckssports.com, Nex-Tech Wireless, Prather Law Office, S & S Drug, Solomon Valley Bank, Solomon Valley Veterinary, Super 8, Tipton Screen Printing, United Methodist Men, USD 273, The Waconda Trader, Woods & Durham, Zachary's ACE Hardware, and Zig's Backhoe Service.
The Beloit Rotary Club has 49 members and most all of them helped with the event in some capacity. Several volunteers from Heart Choices were also involved throughout the day. After the game, Rotary hosted a post-game meal at NCK Tech. Heart Choices helped serve the meal to the Ambassadors, the participants of the game, the sponsors, and to the Rotarians. "I thought it was a very nice gesture," said Burks.
In a letter to Rotary, Heart Choices Board Chairman, Wayne Feigal stated, "The Harlem Ambassadors was a very appropriate venue in which to celebrate 'life' together. It was a fun time for family and friends to gather together to enjoy a community experience. We greatly appreciate the significant service the Beloit Rotary provides to our community"
For more information contact: Eric Burks 785-738-2276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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