The Barrington Breakfast Rotary hosted their annual fundraiser 'Mardi Gras 2018 - Redux!' April 17th, 2018 at Avante Banquets.
Over 200 people joined the Breakfast Rotarians to enjoy an evening of games, auctions, dinner and live music to benefit the many projects they sponsor both locally and internationally.
One project is overseeing the installation of water wells and septic systems in Guatemala providing sinks with running water and sanitation facilities for 40 primary schools. They are working with other Rotary Clubs and Rotary International on this impactful and large project that will provide clean water for 20,000 students.
“We raised money for our Barrington Breakfast Rotary Charities, which are focused on youth— both locally and internationally," Club President Dr. Kristine Young explains.
Barrington High School Interact member freshman student Grace Ludvigsen spoke of her gratitude towards the work the Rotary is doing in her native land of Guatemala and how she hopes to help children there in the future. Adopted from Guatemala as a toddler, Grace spoke eloquently of the good health and opportunity she is fortunate to have because of her parents and coming to this country.
"I was very sick when my mother first came to adopt me. She wouldn't leave me and stayed with me until I was well enough to be adopted and come home with her," Ludvigsen shared. "My life could have been very different. I am so happy to know how much the Rotary is doing in Guatemala and look forward to helping there in the future!"