On Saturday, March 23rd, the Rotary Club of Winchester will sponsor Kaleidoscope, a black-tie optional fundraising event to be held at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. This event was created by our Club to raise money for community non-profit organizations. This fun filled evening will include dinner, a silent auction, and a chance to win $25,000 cash. With the support of our community Kaleidoscope has raised more than $700,000 for our community.

Our Club is pleased to announce The Kids Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley will be the 2019 beneficiary. Funds raised from Kaleidoscope 2019 will be used to assist The Kids Club with their program needs.

The Mission of The Kids Club is to encourage children to reach their full potential through academic support, recreational activities, healthy lifestyle and enrichment programs offered in a safe and structured environment. The Kids Club re-located to a facility in 2017 that better serves the over 100 children in attendance on an average day. However, improvements are still needed. One such improvement is a properly equipped commercial kitchen to prepare and serve meals to the children. The Rotary Club of Winchester believes this is a cause most worthy of our support. More than 70% of the children they serve live below the poverty line. Many families struggle to provide their children a nutritious meal on a daily basis. The Kids Club would like to be equipped to fill the gaps. No child can be at their best when hungry.

Most children receive free breakfast and lunch during the school year, but unfortunately many children suffer during the summer when school is not in session. Last year, The Kids Club partnered with area food banks and restaurants to provide breakfasts and lunches during its summer camp, providing almost 7,000 meals to children throughout the summer. With a properly equipped kitchen, The Kids Club can provide hot meals to the children during this time and possibly expand services to include dinners to children and families in the greatest need. By helping to remove the stress of hunger, family relationships can be greatly strengthened. Both parents and children can enjoy a better quality of life.

To order tickets, please contact us at jbaker@winchesterstar.com or visit Bell’s Fine Clothing on the Old Town Mall to purchase your ticket in person.