Northern Neck Rotary Club
CAPINNÉ 2013, an evening spent revisiting a joyous by-gone era was very beneficial to charities and programs serving Lancaster and Northumberland counties. On July 17, Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club was turned into Plunket’s, a speakeasy in notorious Gangland, by the Northern Neck Rotary Club, where the owner, Lou Zar, was murdered during the festivities.
Suspects were not in short supply as many of the attendees were skillfully molded into characters in the mystery by a troupe of actors from Murder Mystery Maniacs from Baltimore. More than 20 local characters, scripts in hand, supplied clues to the more than 100 attendees who tried to solve the crime. So intense was the mystery and dedication of the amateur sleuths, that at times, the expertly prepared gourmet meal of filet mignon and stuffed shrimp was abandoned in the search of clues.
As a result of the evening, the club distributed a total of$14,000 to charities in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties. The organizations were: Hospice of Virginia, Rappahannock General Hospital Cancer Center's Indigent Patient Fund, Northern Neck CASA, Bay Aging for Meals-on-wheels and MedCary, Linking Hope & Help, Inc., Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity, The Alzheimer's Association, Three Rivers Healthy Families, Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, The Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, Lancaster/Northumberland Interfaith Service Council, The Haven Shelter, and Northern Neck Food Bank.
Carol Spangler, Chairperson of the Northern Neck Rotary Club's Scholarship Committee, introduced the three winners of $1,000 scholarships for the 2013 graduation classes in Lancaster and Northumberland High Schools. An appeal was made for extra-mile donations to the scholarship fund and $3,500 was immediately pledged. This insured that at least $4,000 could be awarded in the coming year.
While CAPINNÉ is dedicated to local charities, the Northern Neck Rotary Club extended its reach to international projects. The annual Christmas Tree Sale provided funds to assist those in need throughout the world.
Rotary International has for a number of years, in cooperation with the World Health Organization and the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, to eradicate Polio throughout the world. Some of the funds from this sale went to this effort.
The Club has, over time, formed a partnership with the
Calbayog Rotary Club in the Philippines. The club is nearby where the most devastation occurred from the tremendous typhoon that hit the area. The club immediately provided funds in cooperation with other clubs to Shelter Box International for temporary shelter to be sent to the area. Additionally, the club sent $880 from donations received on-line to the Calbayog club which used the funds to make up food packets and deliver them directly to those in the greatest need in the damage area. An additional $1,000 was sent from the Christmas tree sales event. Funds provided in this manner by-pass the normal red tape and were providing relief to individuals in less than one week.
Additional local and international projects will be supported through the generosity of folks in the area through and with the cooperation of the Northern Neck Rotary Club.
Additional contributions to any of the Northern Neck Rotary Club programs may be made tax-free through the Northern Neck Rotary Charitable Trust by mail to PO Box 108, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.