5 outstanding community
organizations receive distributions from the 2014 CAPINNÉ fund raising event.
Pictured are (l-r): Ellen Yackel, Executive Director, The Haven Shelter; Lance
Barton, CEO, Northern Neck Food Bank; Connie Deagle, Director, Rappahannock
General Hospital Cancer Center; Nina Thompson, Northern Neck Rotary Club
President; Donna Anderson, Vice President, Boys and Girls Club of the Northern
Neck; and Edna Mason, President, Interfaith.
Northern Neck Rotary Club President, Nina Thompson,
distributed the net proceeds of the CAPINNÉ 2014 fund raising event to five
local charities at a recent club meeting.
CAPINNÉ, a word derived from the club’s philosophy “Caring About People
In the Northern Neck”, event was held at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club in
July and featured a gourmet meal and Presidential debate that might have
occurred in the race for the 1800 presidency between sitting President John
Adams and his opponent and Vice President, Thomas Jefferson. The dramatization was written, produced and
performed by members of The Lancaster Players.
A total of $11,000 was given to representatives of the
charities who gave a brief outline of each organizations’ mission.
Donna Anderson Vice President of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club
of the Northern Neck related that the club had 210 kids join the summer program
this year. The program focused on
learning, sports, travel and visits to Rappahanock Community College. More recently members of the club put on an
art program and show displaying the talent of the children of the
community. Some 400+ children are served
by the club in its after school program of mentoring, homework and sports
activities. She thanked the Rotary Club
for being a partner with them in providing opportunities for local kids.
The Northern Neck Food Bank CEO, Lance Barton, told the club
that it had been a very busy time for the organization in gathering and
distributing millions of pounds of food to local and distant families and
individuals in need through food pantries.
The organization is unique in that it concentrates on collection of
fresh food and farm products rather than relying solely on donated canned and
processed food. This program has gained
national recognition and Barton has become a sought after speaker to other Food
Bank programs to share the secret of local success.
25 years ago, with the cooperation of Virginia Commonwealth
University, the Rappahannock General Hospital Cancer Center was opened. Connie Deagle, RN, the center’s Manager
related that the center has been a local resource for patients to receive
information and chemotherapy that might otherwise be unavailable. The center treats 300 active patients ranging
in age from 18 to 97. Over the years the
staff noted the tremendous financial burden encountered by patients requiring
the expensive follow-on drugs receiving treatment. The nursing staff began a fund enabling them
to offer some assistance. Deagle said
that assistance has been possible through the funds raised for outpatient drugs
and in some cases other things such as transportation, phone and heat to ease
the patient’s decisions as whether to buy the lifesaving drugs or the
necessities of life.
The Interfaith Service Council was organized in 1982 through
the cooperation of local area churches to initially provide assistance to those
who had lost their homes because of fire.
Edna Mason, President of the organization, said the mission had expanded
into four major areas. 1) The Concerned
Citizens Committee which help with home repairs and build handicap ramps; 2)
Food Boxes for individuals and families which needed urgent direct assistance;
3) Monetary assistance for heating fuel, electricity and the like; as well as
4) The warehouse of donated furniture for families in need free of charge.
Ellen Yackel, Executive Director of The Haven Shelter,
outlined the organization’s mission. As
a shelter and advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault The
Haven has sheltered some 85 individuals.
It also offers advocacy in court assisting victims and operated a
24-hour hotline as a resource for those finding themselves in need of counsel. The program has expanded its scope by using
its hotline as a contact point for homeless persons for the Northern Neck
Housing Coalition to provide rapid rehousing for individuals.
In addition to the distributions made to local charities the
Northern Neck Rotary Scholarship Fund was able to award four $1,000
scholarships to seniors graduating from Lancaster and Northumberland High
Schools in 2014 and grow the scholarship endowment. The fund has been established with the River
Counties Community Foundation with the goal of providing at least one
scholarship to local students in perpetuity.
Thompson said that the club had to make a tough decision to
reduce the number of organizations receiving CAPINNÉ assistance this year due
to the increasing difficulty in fundraising.
By doing this the club was able to make a more substantial donation to
organizations that will perhaps have a much greater impact to the mission of
The Rotary Club is now in full gear setting plans for the
annual Christmas Tree Sale which begins the day after Thanksgiving on Main
Street in Kilmarnock.
Planning has already begun for CAPINNÉ 2015. Thompson invited members of community to come
and visit the club for breakfast at one of its meetings held weekly at Lee’s
Restaurant, Main Street, Kilmarnock any Wednesday at 7:30 AM.
Reprint of an article in the Rappahannock Record
2014 Hosts a Slugfest Between Heavyweights
John Adams and sitting Vice President Thomas Jefferson held a no-holds-barred
debate on the future of America in a re-enactment of the battle for the Presidency
in 1800 Saturday evening July 19 at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club. The event was a part of the 24th
annual CAPINNÉ Charity Dinner sponsored by the Northern Neck Rotary Club.
This year’s event
featured a presentation written, directed and performed by actors from The
Lancaster Players in White Stone. John
Adams (played by Mark Favazza) took the initiative against Thomas Jefferson
(Ray Britt) who parried the robust arguments with gentlemanly ease. Abigail Adams (Mary Wadkins) came to her
husband’s defense regarding many unflattering depictions in the press of the
day. Benjamin Rush (Michael Kennedy), a
friend to both Adams and Jefferson, did a marvelous job in keeping the sides
apart and focused on the topics of the day.
In short Adams didn’t believe that governing by the masses was possible
and should be done by a layer of the aristocracy; whereas, Jefferson countered
that this would put the new country back in the pocket of King George as the
people must be heard.
While all was taken in
good fun by those assembled, all agreed that the politics of the founding
fathers did not differ much from today’s rancor. The election of 1800 it is remembered ended
in a tie which was broken by one vote in the House of Representatives.
Attendees at the event
dined on a meal expertly prepared by the chefs of Indian Creek before the
The Northern Neck
Rotary Club has been holding these annual events for 24 years and has raised
over $566,000 and disbursed the funds exclusively to programs and charities
providing services in Lancaster and Northumberland counties. In addition CAPINNÉ has endowed a scholarship
program which ensures at least one $1,000 scholarship may be awarded to a
student graduating from the counties high school each year. A call was made for extra-mile giving to the
program and an additional $2,500 was given to fund additional
scholarships. As a direct result of last
year’s appeal three additional scholarships were awarded to 2014 graduates.
The Annual Rotary
Community Service Award was presented by Club President, Nina Thompson to Ed
Fuhrer for his efforts on behalf of the Northern Neck Boys’ and Girls’
Club. As a founding member of the board
and President since 2008, Fuhrer told the audience that the fruits of the Club
are beginning to be felt in the area.
Improvement academically and beha
viorally are becoming manifest as
children mature under the guidance and tutelage of staff and peers of the
gram. Fuhrer proclaimed the merits of
the program and downplayed his role in it but it is because of him and others
on the guiding board that the program has achieved success, according to Ken
Knull, co-chair of the event.
As a supplement to the
dinner the Northern Neck Rotary had sold raffle tickets for an electric golf
cart and the drawing was held at the close of the evening’s festivities. Dr. Glenda Haynie from Rappahannock Community
College was found to hold the lucky thicket.
When notified of her win, Dr. Haynie instructed the club to give the
cart to RCC to be used by the college in their programs especially the
Preakness Party fund raiser to be held next spring.
CAPINNÉ is a French
sounding word derived from the philosophy of the event, Caring About People In
the Northern NÉck. Individuals wishing
to contribute to the efforts may send donations to The Northern Neck Rotary
Trust, PO Box 108, Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482.
The Northern Neck
Rotary Club invited, through the emcee for the evening, Skip Ackerly, those
assembled to consider joining the club and assisting in the effort. He pointed out that all were welcome to visit
the club at one of its meetings at Lee’s Restaurant at 7:30 AM for breakfast
and program. To learn more, information
is available from any member of the club.
* CAPINNÉ--Pronounced "CAP-e-nay"--Caring About People In the Northern NÉck
CAPINNÉ Golf Cart Raffle
Neck Rotary Club, as a part of their annual CAPINNÉ fund raising event, sold raffle tickets for this like new Club Car Electric Golf Cart.
came complete with windshield, hard top, charger and fresh batteries. An unusual feature is the rear flip down seat
which expands seating to 4 or provides an extra area to carry supplies or
perhaps golf clubs. More than 300 tickets were sold adding to the capabilities of the event to assist the community.