Mar 292016

$50,000 provided to local non-profit organizations and for scholarships in 2016

The Rotary Club of Spring Valley awarded its 2016 community grants on March 10  to forty-one local non-profit organizations. In addition, six $1,500 scholarships will be awarded in May to Northeast Columbia graduating seniors, bringing Spring Valley Rotary’s total community contribution this year to $50,000.

The awards were made possible through the success of the club’s annual pecan sale with 100% of the proceeds from the annual fundraiser being returned to the community. “Our members were thrilled with the success of our fundraising efforts this year in light of our current economy, the devastating floods last October and we are proud to support so many worthy organizations,” said club president Bill Oliver.  “Add this to our more than $50,000 contribution this year to The Rotary Foundation to support additional local and international Rotary projects, and we’ve had our most successful fundraising year in the history of the club,” said Oliver.

Recipients of the 2016 community grants include: Agape Worship Center, Alston Wilkes Society, AMIKids, Bethany Christian Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts Indian Water Council, CART Fund (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research), Catawba Trail Elementary, CollegeTransitions, FaithHome, Frank & Anya Martin Foundation, Gateway to the Army Association, God’s Storehouse, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Heartworks Ministry-Jubilee Academy, Killingworth Home, Lourie Center, Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc., Mid Carolina Middle School, PacificHelps, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital – Cribs for Kids Program and CAMP KEMO Programs, Palmetto Health Foundation – Bernice Smith Fund for the Palmetto Health Cancer Center, Palmetto Place, Project Hope, Project Josiah Restoration, Prosperity Project, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Ronald McDonald House, Senior Resources, Sexual Trauma Services, Signature Project, Sister Care , Sons of American Legion, SQ Rescue, STOP HUNGER NOW, The Therapy Place, Transitions, USO , Vital Connections ,Wreaths Across America and Youth Corp.

The Rotary Club of Spring Valley was founded in 1978 and has more than 115 members dedicated to implementing the ideals of Rotary in Northeast Columbia. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. The club meets every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church on Polo Road.  To learn more about joining Rotary visit or contact membership chairman Doug Bridges at (803) 530-1732 or by email at


Spring Valley Rotarian Dan Toma is shown with Sandra K. Owensby, Executive Director of the Lourie Center, a recipient of a Rotary Community Grant. A total of $50,000 was given by the club this year to support local non-profit organizations and its scholarship program.

Dan Toma presenting check 3.10.16

Big Rotary check 2016 grants

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