(Naperville, IL – February 10, 2023) – On February 9, 2023, The Rotary Club of Naperville was proud to award over $70,000 to thirteen local nonprofit organizations as a result of The 2022 Holiday Parade of Lights.
The Rotary Club of Naperville assumed organization responsibility for the parade in 2021 as the Club’s signature fundraiser and has raised money each year to benefit local nonprofits. Dubbed “a parade with a purpose,” the funds raised from the Holiday Parade of Lights are awarded to area nonprofits who support diverse populations and the community in meaningful ways, including organizations that support community and educational programs for youth; food, housing, and employment; and mental health awareness.
This year’s recipients were The Alive Center, DuPage County ACT-SO, Highland Park Community Foundation, Jack and Jill of America Foundation West Suburban Chapter, Little Friends, Naperville Police Foundation, Naperville Professional Fire Fighters for a Cause, PAGES – Partners for a Collaborative Education Service, PAGES – Parents Advocating for Greater Enrichment of Students, PATHS – Parents and Administrators Together Helping Students, Spirited Pearls Foundation, SUCCESS Program – Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students, and The Leadership Initiative.
“My theme for The Rotary Club of Naperville this year focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly for youth, and I am proud that our Club can provide financial support for these organizations that impact the lives of so many in our community,“ said Kim White, Rotary Club of Naperville President.
The Rotary Club of Naperville would also like to thank the sponsors and donors who helped make the parade possible, as well as the help provided by the City of Naperville, the Special Events & Community Arts (SECA) Grant Fund Program, the Naperville Police Department, Naperville Park District, and NCTV-17.
The Rotary Club of Naperville was founded on March 31, 1941 with 15 members, Today, the Rotary Club of Naperville has over 100 members who are dedicated to “service above self” and provides a wide variety of service projects in the community and globally. The Club meets at 12:15 p.m. most Thursdays in person or on Zoom, and guests are welcome to join.
About the Rotary Club of Naperville: The Rotary Club of Naperville is a member of Rotary International, one of the first humanitarian organizations, and is a part of over 35,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 counties and geographical areas with 1.2 million members worldwide. The purpose of our fellowship is to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Naperville includes members who are leaders in the fields of business, education, religion, non-profit organizations, government, and many other vocations. Visit www.rotaryclubofnaperville.org for more information.
Pictured: Representatives from all beneficiary organizations with Rotary Club of Naperville President Kim White and Rotary Club members Rich Tatara, Donna Malone, and Laura Wrasman