Queen City Rotary Club announces annual grant recipients, distributes over $46K to non-profits

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QCRC bfast photo left to right Ann Butenhof Queen City Rotary Club Elizabeth Green The Way Home Bianka Beaudoin The Way Home Lisa Lally Queen City Rotary Club
From left, Ann Butenhof-Queen City Rotary Club Elizabeth Green,The Way Home; Bianka Beaudoin, The Way Home; Lisa Lally-Queen City Rotary Club. Photo/Chris Dugan

MANCHESTER, NH — A healthy helping of community engagement was on the menu recently at the Puritan Backroom as the Queen City Rotary Club (QCRC) held its annual Grant Awards Breakfast.

“This event is one of the highlights of our year,” said Lisa Lally, President, Queen City Rotary Club. “Not only does our club get the opportunity to recognize and thank local non-profits, we are able to learn more about their impactful work.”

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From left, Ann Butenhof-Queen City Rotary Club; Borja Alvarez de Toledo, Waypoint ;Lisa Lally, Queen City Rotary Club. Photo/Chris Dugan

Ms. Lally, QCRC President-Elect Ann Butenhof and club members welcomed more than 50 non-profits to the Grants Breakfast and distributed over $46,000 in charitable grants.  “At the center of everything our club does is the health, support and well-being of area children,” noted Ms. Lally. “All of these great organizations are dedicated to helping kids in need and we are thrilled to support their efforts.”

  • The Queen City Rotary Club proudly supported the following organizations:
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Boys & Girls Club of Manchester
  • Catholic Charities of NH
  • Catie’s Closet
  • CASA of NH
  • Central High School Band
  • Central High School Little Green newspaper
  • Central High School Crew
  • Central High School First Robotics Team
  • Copper Canyon Camp
  • Crotched Mountain Foundation
  • Dream Catchers-NH
  • Daniel Webster Council, BSA
  • Families in Transition
  • Friends of Aine
  • Franco American Centre
  • Future In Sight
  • Girls at Work
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Granite YMCA
  • HYAA Recreational Soccer
  • International Academy
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Manchester East Cobras Football
  • Manchester City Library
  • Manchester Community Music School
  • Manchester Historic Association
  • Manchester Police Athletic League
  • Manchester School of Technology
  • Manchester South Sabres
  • Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester
  • Mayhew Program
  • Neighborworks
  • NH Challenge
  • NH Musculoskeletal Institute/ NHMI
  • NH Soapbox Derby
  • NH March of Dimes
  • Palace Theatre
  • QC Bike Collective
  • Pass Along Project
  • Safari Youth Club
  • Smyth Road School Robotics
  • Special Olympics
  • The Way Home
  • UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center
  • Webster House
  • YWCA
QCRC bfast left to right Ann Butenhof Queen City Rotary Club Dena Stahlheber Dreamcatchers NH Lisa Lally Queen City Rotary Club
From left, Ann Butenhof, Queen City Rotary Club; Dena Stahlheber ,Dreamcatchers NH; Lisa Lally Queen City Rotary Club. Photo/Chris Dugan

With a strong focus on youth at risk, the Queen City Rotary Club holds two major fund-raisers each year (The Queen City Quest each October and the Comedy Bowl each January).  Club members also engage in dozens of community service projects annually.  Recent efforts have included: community service projects at the Webster House, Manchester Police Athletic League, the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, Riverwalk along the Merrimack River and bell ringing in support of the Salvation Army.  Club members also supported community events for Girls, Inc., Catie’s Closet, Make A Wish and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

“We’re completely volunteer-driven,” noted Ms. Butenhof.  “Our membership is currently 70 strong and comprised primarily of community organizations and small business owners.  Our members organize all of the special events, as well as community service projects, and everyone contributes via financial donations and volunteer service.”

The Club meets each Thursday at the Puritan Back Room at 7:30 a.m.  To learn more, please visit www.queencityrotary.org.

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Chris Dugan

Chris Dugan is a regular contributor to Manchester Ink Link and writes the Medical Matters column.