AM Rotary Impacts Local Youth

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Eastside Family YMCA youth design a ‘thank you’ banner to show their appreciation to rotary members during a holiday party given in their honor. Funds raised from AM Rotary initiatives support youth activities at the Eastside Family YMCA.
Eastside Family YMCA youth design a ‘thank you’ banner to show their appreciation to rotary members during a holiday party given in their honor. Funds raised from AM Rotary initiatives support youth activities at the Eastside Family YMCA.

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The Greater Jamestown A.M. Rotary Club, is partnering again this year with 32 area restaurants to launch the “2017 Fine Dining Certificate Booklet Fundraiser” that raises money to support activities for local youth and other worthy causes in Chautauqua County.

A.M. Rotary’s major fundraising event of the year, patrons are heartened to buy a certificate booklet that gives the purchaser half off an entree if they purchase one entree at full price. Patrons can save up to $200 in total savings, per book. To purchase a book, call Linda Johnson at 716-969-2113 or pick up a book at Quick Solutions 20 W. Third Street.

2017 Fine Dining participating restaurants include: Andriaccio’s Restaurant, Babalu Café, Bair’s Pizza, Brazil, Calarco’s Italian Restaurant, Coach’s Chatterbox, Coppola’s Pizzaria, Farmer Brown’s Gialy’s, Guppy’s Labyrinth Press Company, Lisciandro’s, Miller’s Coconut Grove, Nic-L-Inn, Olives, Pine Junction, Prime Steakhouse, Quagliana’s Bark Grill, Silver Fox Steakhouse, Tarmac Café, The Cherry Lounge, The Dinner Bell, The Frewburg Hotel, The Italian Fisherman, The Main Landing, The See-Zurch House, The Springs Restaurant, Watermark, Webb’s Captain’s Table, When Pigs Fly, Wing City Grille, and Ye Hare ‘n Hounds Inn.

AM Rotary enjoys an evening with the Eastside Family YMCA at the Northwest Arena. Children of all ages from the Eastside Y were invited to a free skate, dinner, and tickets to watch the Southern Tier Xpress hockey team.

Inspired and initiated during the club presidency of Kenneth Lasker, charter member of AM Rotary, the club has supported endeavors at the Eastside Family YMCA for many years. A new playground was constructed at the center from funds raised by grants from New York State Senator Catharine Young, The Community Development Block Grant, and a donation from Cummins Engine, and club fund-raisers. The club hosts an annual holiday gathering and skate day for youth at the center. Other charitable activities supported by the club are the Bundle-The-Up Coat Fundraiser in partnership with the Salvation Army, Annual Football Party, and joint efforts with area literacy programs in the fight against illiteracy,

“The Fine Dining fundraiser is a win-win for everyone,” says President of AM Rotary, Steve Hayes. “Our club and restaurant benefits from the cause and residents enjoy dining out with friends, family, and loved ones. Rotary members are enthusiastic and active volunteers who give their time, talents, and energy to serve the needs of others. We share a common bond—to help the world. The annual fundraiser gives us the opportunity and gift to give a little back to our world.”

“A worthwhile project, it’s a great way to support your community and local restaurants. We hope residents will rise to our occasion and purchase a book that serves the needs of others,” says Linda Johnson.