Liz Cerveny (second from left) accepts the Rotary Club of Three Creeks' donation of $10,000 for the North County Community Food Bank. Past Presidents Susanne and Nelson Holmberg present the award with District 5100 Governor Diane Noriega (far right) and Rotary Zone 27 Representative Steve Lingenbrink.
Rotarians vote to support programs for kids, veterans, hungry & homeless
VANCOUVER, Wash. – North County Community Food Bank was selected by members of the Rotary Club of Three Creeks as the club’s nonprofit community partner, announced Club President Scot Brantley at the club’s August 1 regular meeting.
As nonprofit community partner, the Food Bank received a check for $10,000 and will have the opportunity to be the club’s partner for up to two more years. Rotary District 5100 Governor Dianne Noriega and Rotary Zone 27 Coordinator Steve Lingenbrink were in attendance for the check presentation and the meeting’s program.
At the club’s July 18 meeting, 10 nonprofits each gave two-minute pitches in a “Shark Tank”-like exercise that was backed up by added written documentation. Every member in the club then had an opportunity to vote for their favorite nonprofit partner.
“Wow, I’m stunned and I’m crying, this is just totally amazing,” said Liz Cerveny, executive director at North County Community Food Bank, upon hearing of the award. “Each one of the groups presenting at the ‘Shark Tank’ event is truly doing great things in our community and are certainly deserving. I am humbled and I feel extremely fortunate having the North County Community Food Bank selected.”
“We were all really impressed by the nonprofits and the impact each of them has in our community,” said Club President Scot Brantley. “We really are blessed to have so many compassionate and thoughtful people in Clark County. We could not have gone wrong with any of the nonprofits as our partner.”
Funds for this award were raised in the first two seasons of the club’s primary fundraiser, Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0. The 2020 season of Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 will culminate on Saturday, March 7 at ilani Resort. Local stars will be the event’s dancers and will compete for best dance, voted by celebrity judges. The grand champion – and winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy – will be the local star who raises the most funds. Brantley was the 2018 Grand Champion, and Jeff Swanson won Best Dance. In 2019, Kelley Campbell won both the Grand Championship and the Best Dance award.
Local stars and ticket sales will be announced soon.
“I’m extremely excited to have this opportunity to partner with Rotary of Three Creeks in making Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 at ilani an amazing event,” Cerveny said. “There is such a great potential with our organizations to see this event continue to grow each year, attracting a terrific, supportive crowd which can benefit each of our organizations.”
The other nonprofits who participated in the “Shark Tank” exercise were: Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Washington; Community Military Appreciation Committee; Evergreen Habitat for Humanity; Home With Heroes; Northwest Association for Blind Athletes; Rock Solid Teen Center; Shared Hope International; Police Activities League of Southwest Washington; and YWCA of Clark County CASA Program.
The Rotary Club of Three Creeks is approaching its third anniversary and serves the Hazel Dell, Felida, Salmon Creek and Ridgefield areas of North Clark County. Since chartering in October 2016, the club of 34 members has completed more than three dozen service projects. More information about the club can be found on its website (www.rotaryofthreecreeks.com), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/rotaryofthreecreeks).