Bloomington – Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Kiwanis Club of Bloomington cancelled the 9th Annual Operation: Chili for Children scheduled for this past October. Realizing that the three beneficiaries of the event, Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Hoosier Girls State and Kiwanis Youth Programs, remained in need of funds, the Kiwanis Board of directors devised a plan.
The board members sent a plea to the 2019 sponsors asking that, if possible, could they again sponsor this year even though there would be no in-person or virtual OCC. Between December of 2020 and March of 2021 many of those sponsors stepped forward to graciously repeat their sponsorships for 2020. They are: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18, CFC Properties, Ivy Tech Community College, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and One Step Above Dance Studio.
The Kiwanis Board then extended a plea to the general public, friends and members. Please buy a non-ticket to the 2020 non-OCC! Simply mail a check to Kiwanis for each non-ticket supporters would like to purchase!
An amazing $3,075 was raised! The entire proceeds were divided evenly between Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Hoosier Girls State and Kiwanis Youth Programs and checks of $1,025 each were presented during a luncheon in the Blue Room at American Legion Post 18 today.
“We are so very grateful for the businesses, organizations and generous donations from the public making it possible to raise this amount, especially since it was a non-event!” said Kiwanis Club of Bloomington President Diana Fellure in a statement issued today.
Membership in Kiwanis Club of Bloomington is open to men and women who live and/or work in Monroe County and are interested in mentoring children from birth to college graduation. For general information on the club, visit kiwanisbloomington.org.