Rotary ‘fund-a-need’ to Greene County Early Learning Center

~by Jacque Andrew for the Rotary Club of Jefferson

At its annual charity auction and dinner event, the Rotary Club of Jefferson has raised funds for dozens of worthy projects in Greene County. More than $600,000 has been raised by the Rotary Club’s event and distributed throughout the area for the benefit of youth, community betterment/tourist attractions, senior citizens, libraries, schools and more.

At the 2018 event, a “fund-a-need” appeal closed the evening’s auction with the Greene County Early Learning Center as the beneficiary. More than $12,850 was raised from individual donors at the event to help the not-for-profit center address its future building needs.

Some of the children who attend the Greene County Early Learning Center (GCELC) in Jefferson are pictured with Jefferson Rotarians who are presenting a check for $12,850 from the club’s auction fund-a-need. Adults standing are (from left) Cherie Cerveny, GCELC director; Travis Dvorak, Rotary 2019 Rotary club president; Joel Williams, 2018 auction chair; Carol Durbin, 2018 club president and Andy Harland, club treasurer.

“With a growing need for quality, affordable childcare, the Greene County Early Learning Center will be facing decisions regarding its future capacity,” said center director Cherie Cerveny. “The funds from the Rotary auction’s fund-a-need will help us move forward in the best interests of children and families who may live in the area now or in the future.”

The 21st Jefferson Rotary Club auction is set for Friday, Nov. 15, at the Greene Room at Wild Rose Casino. Tickets are still available at

The beneficiary of the 2019 “fund-a-need” will be the Action Resource Center building fund.

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