The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently provided funding to the Lely High School color guard for equipment needs.
The club’s philanthropic committee provided a matching grant of $400.
Under the matching grant program, the color guard was required to raise the balance of funds needed to purchase new pom-poms independently.
The color guard team members raised matching funds through the sale of baked goods known as “Guard Goodies.”
The Lely color guard is comprised of 18 Lely High School students. The group interprets music played by the marching band at Lely functions, most notably football games.
The color guard supports Lely’s teams, generates excitement in the stands and is a big part of what has been called “Lely Spirit.”
“The color guard really needed new pom-poms and we are glad we could help,” said Natalia Armstrong, representative of the club shepherding the request. “The color guard members are really excited that the pom-poms are on their way and will be here soon.”
Sunrise Rotary’s matching grant program is designed to maximize effectiveness of grants by requiring the recipient to raise at least half of the amount needed to completely fund a project. It was initiated this year and the club is looking to expand the scope of its community contributions to needy causes through a matching, rather than a fully funding, approach.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise, please contact Bill Morris at 642-6020 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise website at marcosunriserotary.com.