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On May 5th, 2017, The Rotary Club of Harlem celebrated their 50th Anniversary Charter Celebration with a  “ Harlem Nights Casino” theme at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem, New York.

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A successful fundraiser night, raising funds for the Chanell E. Gatewood Scholarship Fund and  Active Plus, INC.  Active Plus is an organization that educates children, plus incorporates sports & recreation, nutritional workshops, community volunteering,  mentoring, educational health field trips, charity, group fitness classes, personal training, adult athletic leagues and others.

The night’s honourees included:

Lora Hugelmeyer, District Governor, Rotary District 7230; Marva Wade, R.N. First Vice President, New York State Nurses Association; Sara Dennis, President, National  Council of Negro Women; Dr. Gregory Hopkins, Musical Director and Professor, Howard University; Denise Soares, RN, M.A., Executive Director- Retired, Harlem Hospital and Rev. Thomas P. Grissom, Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church.

The Rotary Club of Harlem is very active in the community supporting many events including Literacy Day, Canaan Senior Center Holiday Party, Iris House Holiday Party, Healthy Harlem, School Supply Campaign,  Ambassadorial Scholarship, Polio Plus, Gift of Life District 7230, Shelter Box, Disaster Relief for Haiti, Nepal and Philippines Natural Disaster, Rotary BBQ and Apollo Amateur Night Fundraiser.

With the fun casino games, leftovers could be used in the raffles. We were beautifully entertained by Award Wining Actress and Musical  Artist Angela Wildflower,  Soprano-Vocalist Marguerite Sutherland, and talented dancer Virgil “ Lil O” Gadson.


The Rotary Club of Harlem is one of the longest serving Rotary clubs in the United States. Founded by the encouragement of David Rockefeller.

The Rotary Club of Harlem is a community-based charter member of Rotary International, which is comprised of roughly 1.3 million individual members worldwide. The Rotary Club of Harlem is one of the 35,000+ clubs that work together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation efforts, hygiene, the safety of mothers and children, support education and grow local economies. Over the past 100 years, the Rotary Foundation has spent $ 3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

More about the organization can be found at https://harlemrotary.wordpress.com


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