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Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce to host casino night

Allentown West Rotary Club and the Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce are hosting Casino Night at the Museum.

The fundraiser will take place 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 23 at America On Wheels Museum, 5 N. Front St., Allentown.

Allentown West Rotary Club is also accepting luxury prizes as a sponsorship option and gift baskets are much appreciated for the prize table.

All proceeds will fund Allentown West Rotary’s humanitarian programs which include:

·Snack Pack Program, which provides nutritious food over weekends for hungry students in need. Currently serving students in the Parkland School District. Parkland Interact Club members and volunteers from Allentown West Rotary Club and supporters fill the packages. On an as-requested basis, they have also conducted this program in Northwestern Lehigh and Lehigh Carbon Community College.

·Post-Secondary School Scholarships: Each May, the Allentown West Rotary Club provides up to eight $1,000 scholarships to students attending postsecondary educational institutions. Students are selected from the following schools: Northwestern Lehigh and Parkland school districts; Lehigh Carbon Community College and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.

·Green Thumbs Garden Project: This rapidly expanding project provides fresh produce to many area pantries. Produce is grown at a local community garden without pesticides and provides a learning platform for youth and families to engage in healthy gardening practices while doing good in the community.

·Garden Project at Parkland Community Library: The Allentown West Rotary Green Thumbs Garden Project is supporting a new initiative with the Parkland Community Library and the South Whitehall Township Green Advisory Council to develop intergenerational gardening classes in the Parkland area. Produce grown from this garden will support local families in need.

·Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry: A $6,000 grant provided refrigeration, computer, printer, coolers, tables and other needed startup equipment and supplies. Allentown West Rotary Club provide fresh produce monthly for 60-100 families.

·Lowhill Food Pantry: Monthly produce is provided, as well as gift cards and other needs as they arise.

·Student of the Month: Outstanding students are recognized at the club’s morning meeting and rewarded with an Amazon gift card.

·STEM YEA (Youth Explorer Academy): Allentown West Rotary Club is the supporting club of a districtwide, four-day, three-night STEM program designed in conjunction with the SETI Institute and Albright College, Reading. A residential experience, designed for underserved middle school students, it promises to be an inspiring program for a crucial age group, preparing them for the STEM fields of the future. In addition, the club will give two students scholarships to the program.

·Camp Neidig: Two students receive scholarships to Camp Neidig, a leadership event for high school students.

·Youth Exchange Program: Youth Exchange is a study abroad program for young people sponsored by Rotary International and local Rotary clubs.

·Early Educational Project: The Rotary Club is working on developing a new educational project for Parkland and Northwestern school districts.

Allentown West Rotary Club is looking for in-kind donations to serve as prize items for attendees.

These donations will help them raise funds for the projects the club does in the community.

For sponsorship opportunities or to make an in-kind donation, contact Gail Micca at gailmicca@gmail.com.