Greenville Rotary Charities Awards Grants to Four Local Nonprofit Organizations

Greenville S.C. (June 20, 2012) – Greenville Rotary Charities has awarded grants to four local agencies with proceeds from the Rotary Club of Greenville’s annual fundraiser, Roper Mountain Holiday Lights.

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, celebrating its 21st year, is a significant fundraising event held each year from Thanksgiving until the end of December, featuring hundreds of towering light displays at Roper Mountain Science Center. A portion of the revenue earned from Holiday Lights goes back into the community through Greenville Rotary Local Grants. These grants, made by Greenville Rotary Charities, are awarded on a competitive basis to charitable organizations in the Greenville community. This year, 29 local agencies submitted applications for a total of $131,588 in requests. Grants were awarded to:

• A Child’s Haven – $3,000 for Applied Behavioral Analysis. Funds will be used for staff training, consultations with treatment staff, individual treatment plan development, and implementation in classroom and home implementation.
• Junior Achievement – $1,500. Funds will be used to support Junior Achievement classes at Tanglewood Middle School.
• Greenville Literacy – $2,500 for Monitoring Student Success. Funds will be used to support the BEST Plus oral assessment used for the English as a Second Language program.
• The Urban League of the Upstate – $3,000 for Youth Leadership Development Institute program. Funding will be used to provide supplemental services to youth in the Foster Care System and other disadvantaged youth.

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is the Rotary Club of Greenville’s largest community service project undertaken in conjunction with the Roper Mountain Science Center Association. The Rotary Club has approximately 300 members representing professionals from Greenville’s business, not-for-profit, and corporate sectors. Founded in 1916, the Rotary Club of Greenville is the state’s oldest club and has been instrumental in advancing the city. Greenville Rotary Charities, Inc. is a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is committed to the responsible allocation of funds raised through the Greenville Rotary Club’s fundraising efforts. Each year through Greenville Rotary Local Grants, Rotary Charities provides financial support to local tax-exempt organizations that offer humanitarian, education, health and human services in the Greenville community.
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