The Montgomery Capital Rotary Club presented their first Annual fundraiser “Hearts for Children – A Valentines Gala” at Wynlakes Country Club on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm.  The Gala benefited two wonderful charities:

  1. Lunches for Learning is a nonprofit organization in rural Honduras that was started 11 years ago and is now feeding over 5000 students. As a result of L4L providing lunches these children no longer have to beg in the street to survive.  The mothers volunteer to cook the food that is provided and as a result of this program we are changing the circle of poverty in the area.  The dropout rate is zero and we have a waiting list of schools that want to be sponsored by L4L.  Founder Ron Hicks was in attendance along with Executive Director Phil Dodson.
  2. River Region Boys and Girls Club,  a local nonprofit that has served as a beacon of hope for disadvantaged youth throughout the community. BGCRR provides youth development programs in a safe, caring, and positive environment for children throughout the area. They operate four clubs; Chisholm, Mt. Meigs, West End, and Wetumpka. Executive Director Rick Jackson and Administrative Director Louella Giles were both in attendance.

There was a Surf and Turf dinner, Silent Auction with items donated by the Beasley Allen Law firm consisting of beautiful items from Pickwick Antiques along with gorgeous pieces from Marguerite’s Jewelry.

There was also a raffle with many items donated by Rotarians and businesses in the community, each raffle item had a box and tickets were sold for $5 each.  The value of the items ranged from $150 to $500.

The participants danced the night away to the band “Heart to Heart” from Atlanta who played everything from Motown to Bruno Mars!

The Wynlakes ballroom looked stunning decorated for Valentine’s Day with roses, balloons and of course chocolates!

The Montgomery Capital Rotary Club wants to thank our sponsors for making the night a true success:

Platinum Sponsors – Aegis Michaud Properties, ALM Properties, Continental Brokerage Corp., Jim Wilson & Assoc,, John & Carrie Hemmings, Tom & Amy Norris, Rodan & Fields – Linda Browder, and Warren Averett CPAs & Advisors.

Gold Sponsors – American Sweeping Inc., Capitol Hill Healthcare & Rehab, Lunches for Learning Board & Staff, Montgomery Eye Physicians, and Ron & Elise Hicks

Silver Sponsors – Ann Vernon, A&J Rentals, Coker & Assoc, Don & Carol Rickard, Edwards Heating & Air, George Graham, Jinright Group, Kwik Kopyshop,, Paramount Homes, Parkside Dental,  River Bank & Trust, Sherlock, Smith & Adams, Stifle Investments, Tom Vocino, Tight Line Exteriors, YMCA of Greater Montgomery,

President of the Rotary Club Ann Michaud and Fundraiser Committee Chair Linda Browder welcomed the guests.  Co-committee chair Greg Cochran called raffle ticket winners throughout the evening.

Silent Auction & Raffle Chair Chris Cordle did an outstanding job as did Allen Thames and Ron Hicks who worked long hours in preparation along with Sponsor Chair Joe Hamilton.

More photos here