The Rotary Club of East Nassau (The Bahamas) jubilantly crossed the finish line at its Million Dollar Dinner on Saturday night, achieving an ambitious goal of raising $1 million to help fund Rotary Foundation projects that improve the lives of countless individuals. The Million Dollar Meal concept was started in 1959 by a club in Stoughton District (Wisconsin). It is now an established part of Rotary International fundraising for The Rotary Foundation. Speaking at an interview with The Nassau Guardian, president of Rotary Club of East Nassau, Christian Knowles describes the feat as “surreal,…to do something that no other club has done before is so empowering and inspiring and at the same time, I know it’s gratifying because I know that those other clubs are going to do the same thing and I want them to do the same thing and I can’t wait for them to do it.” The fundraiser was attended by donors who made pledges of $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation and by Rotarians, among them Barry Rassin, past Rotary International president and chairman of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees.

Past Rotary International President Jennifer Jones who was the keynote speaker, recently traveled to Abaco and Grand Bahama to see firsthand the difference Rotary made on the ground in the days, weeks and months after the ferocious Hurricane Dorian uprooted the lives of tens of thousands of people. Speaking with The Nassau Guardian, Jennifer said, “What has been really wonderful is to be able to see some of the work that’s been done hands on by the clubs, and in particular East Nassau, and then to culminate it tonight with this huge $1 million fundraising dinner and to cross the finish line in real time while we were here was nothing short of remarkable, and what this means is that it allows us as an organization to do so much good for people in the community here and in other communities around the world.” – Christopher W Knapp, District 6000 Foundation Chair
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