Held annually during football season, this event benefits the Pleasantville Community Scholarship Fund. To celebrate Pleasantville High School and raise money for the Community Scholarship Fund of Pleasantville (www.pvillecsf.com), the Club runs a Pancake Breakfast.  At this event, which has taken place for over 35 years, Club members serve over 300 breakfasts of pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage.  Last year, the Club donated $3,000 to the Community Scholarship Fund, which awarded $45,000+ in scholarships to graduating High School seniors.

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Annual distribution of smoke alarms to the kindergarten class at the Bedford Road School. Since 1990, the Pleasantville Rotary Club has given a smoke detector to every kindergartener in the Pleasantville Elementary School.  The event takes place during Fire Safety Week and is coordinated with the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department’s (www.pleasantvillefire.org) visit to the school.  During the school assembly where the smoke detectors are distributed, Fire Department representatives explain to the children what they should do if a fire breaks out in their home.  It is estimated that the Club has provided over 2,500 smoke detectors in the past 20 years.

Donation of bi-lingual early childhood books to local organizations through a grant from Tompkins Mahopac Bank. Started in 2006, the Pleasantville Rotary Club has used grant money from Tompkins Mahopac Bank to purchased bi-lingual early childhood books and distributed them at a variety of community organizations – Neighbor’s Link, Open Door and HeadStart.  In addition to its funding for the Pleasantville Club’s program, Tompkins Mahopac Bank has supported over 40 initiatives from Rotaries all across Westchester and has made grants totaling over $50,000.

Donation of turkeys to the Pleasantville Senior Center. Each November, the Club donates turkeys to the Pleasantville Senior Center for their Thanksgiving lunch.

Sale of oranges and grapefruits to benefit the Rotary Community Scholarship Fund. Starting in mid-November, the Club takes orders for cases of navel oranges, juice oranges, and grapefruit for delivery in early December.  We typically sell more than 200 cases of fruit as one of our fundraising efforts.  The proceeds of the sales go to the Rotary Community Scholarship Fund.  A case of fruit costs $20 and contains 30 to 36 oranges or 18 to 20 grapefruit.  Check back in November for an opportunity to order your fruit.  Click here for more information.

Our biggest event of the year to benefit community groups and organizations as well as international charities our club annually supports. Hudson Valley Fermented is a new event in 2017, which after a 16 year run, replaces the Westchester Wine Experience.  This event will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Pace University in Pleasantville.  Hudson Valley Fermented in association with Hudson Valley Craft Beer Week is a very festive, upbeat event.  We are expecting in excess of 30 of the hottest breweries, wineries, distilleries, cideries, as well as delicious food offerings from 10-15 of the best restaurants from the greater Hudson Valley region.  In addition, there will be live music, dancing, cigars, raffles, games and more.

Distribution of saplings to fifth graders at the Bedford Road School. In celebration of Arbor Day, the Club gives out sapling trees to all 5th graders in the Pleasantville Bedford Road Elementary School.  Additionally, the Rotary Club has planted street trees through out the Village of Pleasantville.

Participation in the annual Pleasantville Day celebration. The Rotary Club participates annually in the village’s Pleasantville Day celebration held in mid-May.  Our manner of participation varies from year to year, but it is always with a desire to provide a service to the community.  In the past, we have held raffles to raise funds for a local charity, distributed child ID kits to parents, and held basketball shooting contests.  At this year’s Pleasantville Day, the Club sold tee shirts to raise money for FROM THE GROUND UP, a documentary about four 9/11 widows doing philanthropic work (Executive Producer is Andrea Garbarini).

Hosting of a barbeque dinner at the Pleasantville Senior Center. The Pleasantville Fire Department holds its annual parade in June.  As part of the celebration, the Rotary Club holds a barbecue for the members of the Pleasantville Senior Citizen’s Club.  Hotdogs and hamburgers are cooked by club members for the seniors to enjoy before gathering to watch the parade.

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