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PD Rotary Donates $5,000 to Galilee Center

Local Rotarians make donation while helping distribute food to needy in East Valley

Palm Desert Rotary presented the Galilee Center a gift of $5,000 on Thursday, at its weekly food distribution activity in Thermal. The contribution will help fund backpacks for over 500 school children of the Coachella Valley, which Galilee will be distributing on August 23.

Presenting the check to Galilee founder Gloria Gomez, Past President Ron Cofer said: “This is the kind of occasion which makes us Palm Desert Rotarians proud. We know we are supporting a cause which addresses basic needs in our community, in this case food and education. We are happy to do it. It is what we do!”

Rotary District Governor Jean Easum, past Governor Steve Wallace, and Assistant Governor Sheryl Silver, representing Rotarians in 60 clubs in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, were on hand for the event, as were 20 members of the Palm Desert club, which helps with food distribution every Thursday. Easum noted: “This is great! All of our clubs do wonderful work. Palm Desert Rotary consistently leads the way in our district in demonstrating what Rotary is all about: Service Above Self.”

Last April, the Palm Desert Rotary Club made a commitment to Galilee Center to assist with food distribution every Thursday, where the equivalent of 6,400 meals are given to approximately 250 needy families of the Coachella Valley. Since then, club members of the Palm Desert Rotary have helped distribute over 100,000 meals.

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