What is Monte Carlo?
The 24th Annual Monte Carlo Fundraiser — “Monte Carlo Goes Roaring Twenties” — will benefit North Bay schools, charities, & Ignacio Rotary Charitable Projects.
How is it a benefit for schools and charities?
All of the net proceeds are directly contributed to local schools, charities, and community organizations. During the 24-year history of the event the Club has raised and contributed more than $680,000 to local charities — including the following partial list:
- Amor — Novato High Students Build Homes in Mexico
- Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts
- College of Marin Foundation
- Hamilton Elementary School
- Loma Verde Elementary School
- Mackey Terrace Senior Housing
- Marin Community Clinic
- Marin Humane Society
- Marin Office of Education
- Marin YMCA
- Miss Marin Scholarship Program
- Nexus Academy
- North Bay Children’s Center
- Novato High Interact Club
- Novato High School Scholarships
- Novato Theater Company
- Novato Human Needs Center
- Novato Youth Center
- San Jose Middle School
- School Fuel
- Senior Access
- Young Imaginations
- Whistlestop Wheels
How did the Club learn of or determine the need?
This event was first held in 1988 to help raise money for the Club’s Polio Plus commitment to Rotary International — a campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. As the event became even more successful, involving every member of the Club and broad participation from the community, it was decided to continue the event with all proceeds benefiting local, charitable organizations and schools.
How Noteworthy is Monte Carlo?
During the first few years, average attendance at Monte Carlo was 250 to 300 people. Our 2010 event drew approximately 600 attendees, and each year is the largest single event held at Fireman’s Fund Headquarters in Novato. Over 150 businesses and individual sponsors were also involved in 2010 by donating auction items and sponsoring gaming tables. In addition, the event was underwritten by numerous corporate sponsors, including Brayton Purcell, LLP, and All-American Printing, Inc.
In what ways is the event effective in “getting the job done”?
Monte Carlo makes money for our community, provides a great social evening, and furnishes an opportunity for businesses and individuals to give back to their community. From the Club’s perspective, it also allows each and every member to exhibit fellowship to its fullest — one of the “Objects of Rotary”. For many of the guests attending the event, Monte Carlo is also their first awareness of Rotary and what it does.
Recognition by the community:
Monte Carlo has become the premier annual social event in Novato and one of the largest annual events in the entire North Bay. The event has raised the visibility and image of Rotary in the community, as well as an awareness and recognition for the outstanding work performed by the Rotary Club of Ignacio. Visit the Rotary Club of Ignacio Website.
Taken directly from the Rotary International Website.
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. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.
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- Larry Curtis