Queen City Rotary Club Announces Annual Grant Recipients
Equal servings of a healthy breakfast and an enduring commitment to a healthier community were on the menu as the Queen City Rotary Club hosted its annual Grants Breakfast on Thursday, May 18th.
The Queen Rotary Club welcomed over 40 area non-profits to its event and made more than $50,000 in charitable donations.
“This event is one of the highlights of our year,” said Queen City Rotary Club President Peter Labombarde.  “We are thrilled to provide financial support to these amazing non-profits and hear more about their efforts on behalf of those less fortunate.” Accompanied by incoming Rotary Club President Monique Ruth, Mr. Labombarde presented checks to the following organizations:
President-Elect Monique Ruth, Monique Ruth, Jeff Scott -Boy Scout Troop 292 Hooksett and President Peter Labombarde at the QCR Award CeremonyArthritis Foundation, Boy Scout Troop 292 Hooksett, Boys & Girls Club- Camp Foster, Breakthrough Manchester at Derryfield School, Camp Allen, CASA of NH, Catholic Charities- Our Place, Central High School First Robotics Team- CHAOS, Central High School - Little Green newspaper, Central High School Crew, Child and Family Services, Crotched Mountain, Daniel Webster Council, BSA, Easter Seals, Families in Transition, Franco American Centre, Friends of Stark Park, Girls Inc., Granite YMCA, Hillside Middle School DC trip, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Manchester Community College, Manchester Community Music School, Manchester Historic Association, Manchester School of Technology, Manchester South Sabres, Manchester Special Olympics, Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, NAMI, Neighborworks, New Hampshire Lego League, NH Audubon-Massabesic Center, NH Musculoskeletal Institute/ NHMI, NH Science and Engineering Expo Association, Palace Theatre, QC Bike Collective, Safari Youth Club, SEE Science Center, The Way Home, UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, and The Webster House
Cole Royal, Assistant Rotary Club Governor for District 2, was also in attendance and presented Mr. Labombarde with a special certificate in recognition of the Queen City Rotary Club’s efforts in greater Manchester.
With a strong focus on youth at risk and others in need, the Queen City Rotary Club holds two major fund-raisers each year (The Queen City Quest each October and the Comedy Bowl each January).  Club members also engage in dozens of community service projects annually.  Recent efforts have included: clean- up and painting projects at the Webster House and Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, a ramp building project at a non-accessible apartment building and mentoring efforts at the UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center.
“We’re completely volunteer driven,” noted Mr. Lambombarde.  “Our membership is over 60 strong and comprised primarily of community organizations and small business owners.  Our members organize all of the special events as well as community projects and everyone contributes via financial donations and volunteer service.”