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Community Service/Fund Raising Efforts Events

Each year Morning Star Rotary runs a variety of fundraising events. Below are some examples of programs we have participated in the past:

Our special two-year commitment with the “downtown” Bethlehem Rotary Club celebrated Rotary International’s 100th Anniversary by raising $100,000 for St. Luke’s Union Station Dental Clinic

We have joined with the “downtown” Bethlehem Rotary Club in sponsoring a Golf Tournament. Together we raise $11,000-$20,000 per year. Beneficiaries have included the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice Program, Skills USA/VICA, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Meals on Wheels, VIABLE Services and the Boys and Girls Club

Our annual “Morning Star 5K” is in its 21st year and is held on the last Saturday of September. Beneficiaries include Bethlehem Special Olympics, Cops ‘N Kids and other local community initiatives

Every November we partner with the Allentown Band, one of the oldest orchestra bands in the country, to perform a patriotic “Salute the Troops” concert. Beneficiaries have included Hurricane Katrina initiatives and Victory House, which supports homeless veterans

In February we get together at the Moravian Church and cook up a wonderful spaghetti dinner. Proceeds benefit local community programs such as organizations as the Illick’s Mills Conservancy, Pennsylvania Ballet Guild, and Arts Quest Summer Intern Program,

Beneficiaries of our various fundraisers are chosen annually based upon Morning Star’s rotating theme for that year. The three themes are youth, Health and Human Services and Arts and Culture

In addition to local projects, we also participate in international Rotary efforts including:
     Polio Eradication
     Mosquito nets (to prevent malaria)
     Rotaplast (cleft palate surgery in 3rd world countries)
     Shelter Box
     Rotary Foundation