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Rotary plans balloon drop for Habitat

October 7, 2011

By ANGIE CARNATHAN
sdnreporter@yahoo.com

The Starkville Rotary Club’s annual Fall Social and fundraiser is set for Monday evening. Fall Social Committee member Melissa Dixon said they will be trying something new this year to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.
“In years past, we’ve raised money by selling bingo cards or having an auction,” Dixon said. “This year we are going to do something a little different and completely outside of the box.”
Dixon said the club will be raising funds for Habitat for Humanity by raising a hot air balloon in to the evening sky over the Starkville Country Club, and the committee was a little unsure about the idea at first.
“Larry Mullins suggested it after having participated in one before, and we were skeptical at first because we’d never tried it, but now we’re really excited about it,” Dixon said.
Dixon said for a $10 donation, all members will be given a golf ball to be labeled with his or her Rotary number on it and put in a bag, which will then be put in the balloon. There is no limit to the amount of golf balls a member or their guest can purchase.
“All of the balls will then be taken up in the balloon and will be dropped on one of the golf practice range greens,” Dixon said. “The Rotarians or guests with the three golf balls that are closest to the hole will win a cash prize from the monies collected.”
Dixon said the balance of the money is going to the local Habitat for Humanity.
Fall Social Committee Chairman Bobby Crosland said the Rotary Fall Social begins Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour. The hot air balloon will be going up around 6:15 p.m. A steak or chicken dinner will follow, and after dinner they will play a few games of bingo for additional door prizes.
“The Fall Social committee hopes that you will sign up and come out for what should be a very entertaining night,” Dixon said.
Crosland said although they always have fun at these events, the main purpose is for the Rotary Club to give back to its community.
“There are many needs in our community and our club was founded on the principals of service to others,” Crosland said. “We each take that pledge of service to others when we join Rotary and it’s simply our way of doing what we can to help.”

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