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Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club awards community grants

SYCAMORE – The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club recently completed its fourth year of award selections for its annual Community Grant for Children, Youth and Families of DeKalb County.

The club raises money each year through the Taste of DeKalb event held in September, in conjunction with the Corn Classic Run, to fund an annual grant to nonprofit organizations with a project that will benefit children, youth and/or families in the county.

The Taste of DeKalb event, originally scheduled for Sept. 26, has been canceled, but that didn’t stop a number of community-minded business and individual donors from still contributing to the community grant. The rotary club announced in a news release $5,000 was awarded to projects in the county.

Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary thanks these businesses and individuals for their contributions to assist children, youth and families: Applications Development Corp., Academy Solutions, Gene R. Deisz and Illini Security Systems, Kenda Jeske CPA, Ameriprise Financial and Brendon Gallagher, Crum-Halsted Agency, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Barsema Community Property Trust, Resource Bank, Paul and Marilyn Stromborg, North Central Cyclery, Iddy Biddy Pool School, State Farm Agents Scott Zeimet, Brian Scholle, Jeff Keicher and Micah Stoddard and the Diane Hammon Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group.

Awardees for 2020 include AdventureWorks, the Regional Mobilization Access Program (RAMP) and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. AdventureWorks was awarded $2,500 to support its Little Adventurers program, which is a social-emotional kindergarten readiness program for 4- and 5-year-olds. RAMP received $1,500 to support Project SEARCH, an immersion model for at-risk high school students with developmental disabilities who are transitioning from school to work. The Northern Illinois Food Bank received $1,000 to support its Backpack Program and provide 125 food-filled backpacks to students facing a risk of hunger.

The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club is always looking for community-minded members in the Sycamore-DeKalb area who want to make a difference with projects. If interested in attending a meeting, email kishwaukeesunriserotary@gmail.com.

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