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Donations for Sycamore Rotary Club’s Operation Warm coat drive exceed target

Sycamore Rotary Club President Eric Jones (center) receives two checks totaling $1,200 for donation to Operation Warm, from Michael DeVito (left). Joining them is Rotarian Don Clayberg, one of the Rotarians involved with planning for Operation Warm.
Sycamore Rotary Club President Eric Jones (center) receives two checks totaling $1,200 for donation to Operation Warm, from Michael DeVito (left). Joining them is Rotarian Don Clayberg, one of the Rotarians involved with planning for Operation Warm.

The Rotary Club of Sycamore’s first Operation Warm fundraising drive has shattered expectations; with a modest goal of $1,200 to purchase coats for children in need in the Sycamore School District, Rotary has collected more than $2,000 from various organizations and private donors.

By far the largest donation came from the Turning Back Time Car Show, held each July in downtown Sycamore; the organization opted to donate $1,000 toward Operation Warm, with committee member and new Rotarian Michael DeVito presenting that check to the Rotary Club at its Sept. 20 meeting. That donation, coupled with a $200 gift from his own company, MyInsuranceGuy, was by itself enough to meet the club’s goal.

But the donations didn’t end there; the Rotary Club has received nearly $900 from other sources, including $250 from the Chuck Criswell Memorial Fund. Other contributors have given by way of the club’s fundraising page, located at operationwarm.org.

The Rotary Club will now turn its attention to ordering coats in various sizes, and preparing for their distribution; that is expected to occur sometime in November, at a time and location to be announced.

The Sycamore Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore. For information about the club, visit www.sycamorerotary.org.

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