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Thursday, August 15, 2013

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - The newest members of the Spring Valley Rotary Club are teaming up to host an Applebee’s “Flapjack Fundraiser” breakfast on Saturday, August 24 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Applebee’s located at 10102 Two Notch Road in front of Lowe’s in Northeast Columbia. Tickets are $6.00 per person and can be purchased from any Spring Valley Rotary member or at the door the morning of the breakfast. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee, or sweet tea.

Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Project HOPE and Spring Valley Rotarian Sheriff Leon Lott will be the ‘celebrity server.’ “For those seniors who don't have the luxury of having family and friends to rely on, the Richland County Sheriff's Department provides them with assistance through a program called Project HOPE- Helping Our Precious Elderly,” said Lott.

Assigned to the program are Senior Coordinators who are retired law enforcement officers and are currently state Constables. Through Project HOPE, dedicated workers call and visit senior citizens and disabled citizens each month. In addition, other volunteers make weekly calls to everyone in the program.

“During their visits to the home, our officers perform a variety of functions. They conduct safety checks of the home, such as putting in smoke detectors or replacing smoke detector batteries. They also put street numbers on their homes so emergency personnel and other programs, like Meals on Wheels, can easily find them. It’s a valuable community service for our seniors funded completely by donations,” added Lott. If you would like to volunteer to help with Project HOPE, call Bill Brown at (803) 576-3183.

Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 115 members dedicated to service above self. Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and also one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Derek Raper at (803) 530-7579 or by email at Derek.raper@wellsfargo.com for more information. The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road. Guests are welcome to attend.

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