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11th annual ‘Grapes 4 Grades’ party raises $36,000

Steve Sischka and Ken Lain stop for a photo at the 11th annual “Grapes 4 Grades” fundraiser at Watters Garden Center Sunday, June 26.
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Steve Sischka and Ken Lain stop for a photo at the 11th annual “Grapes 4 Grades” fundraiser at Watters Garden Center Sunday, June 26.

PRESCOTT – Frontier Rotary’s 11th annual “Grapes 4 Grades” event, held at Watters Garden Center Sunday, June 26, was attended by nearly 300 business owners and generous local residents. The evening raised more than $36,000 to support Prescott Unified School District’s Summer Math and Reading Program.

Rotary also supports “Rotary Youth Leadership Awards” camp. High school students who demonstrate leadership skills get 100 percent scholarships to the camp and are trained by local business leaders so they, too, will have a positive influence in the community. Rotary International’s mission of “World Peace” is promoted by giving scholarships to local students to travel as foreign exchange students to other countries in exchange for another students from another Rotary club in that country, creating mutual respect for each other and their country. Some of the monies raised also support the club’s endeavor to end polio globally through Rotary International’s polio fund, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Lisa and I look for ways to give back to our community. We give heavily through our church, through our business here at Watters Garden Center, but with Rotary we have a direct global impact, and we see the difference,” said Ken Lain, Watters owner and a member of Frontier Rotary. “A garden party is a natural extension and the energy of our Rotary club.”

The group meets at noon every Tuesday at Plaza Bonita, 1317 E Gurley St., Prescott. Find the group online at or by phone at 603-496-5809.

Frontier Rotary is an energetic group of local business owners and managers looking to give back to their community, our country and the world as a whole.

“At our core, Rotary stands for world peace through international student exchanges, making sure polio is gone as a threat globally, with a new directive of clean drinking water for the planet,” said Dr. Steve Meyers, Rotary member. “With 1.6 million members serving in 33,000 clubs in every country in the world, Rotary can impact global issues like these.”

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