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Optimist Club says thanks for concert support

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

On behalf of the Optimist Club of Rock Falls, the longest continuous-serving club in Illinois, first formed in 1947, we say thank you to the Rock Falls and Sterling communities for your support of our recent American English Concert March 9 at Rock Falls High School.

A big thank you goes out to the area media (SVM, WSDR, WLLT) for helping with the promotion of the event; to Rock Falls High School for allowing us to use its facilities to host the event; the Junior Optimist Club members for their contributions of time and energy; and the Rock Falls Athletic Boosters. 

We are very appreciative to the community for your support of all of our fundraising events that we promote throughout the year to do our work for the youth of the community.

Promotions such as $50 bi-monthly drawings, pride calendar sales, football mania, and other events raise the necessary funds for the following activities during the year:

Sponsorship of Rock Falls Little League (baseball and softball teams), annual fishing derby, junior bowling leagues, state Route 30 highway cleanup, Touch a Truck Program, High School Boys and Girls State, Back to School Drive, and CGH Santa visits (Jim Zigler).

Other sponsors were B.L.I.N.D. Program,Relay for Life, local food banks, CGH Health Foundation, Junior Optimist Club at Rock Falls High School, scholastic bowl (Rock Falls, Sterling and Newman), and our scholarship program, which over the last 19 years has contributed close to $250,000 toward scholarships to area youth (high school, college, vocational). 

On behalf of the Optimist Club of Rock Falls and its members, we say thank you for your financial support of our activities for the youth of our community. Once again, thank you to everyone who contributed to this successful event. 

Note to readers – Bill Wescott was the concert chairman and first vice president of the Optimist Club.

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