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Order roses for that special someone with Kiwanis Club fundraiser

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Submitted by St. Charles Kiwanis Club

St. Charles Kiwanis Club members invite you to bring on the warmth of spring by sending roses to special people in your daily life.

The annual "Rose Day" fundraiser began March 4, and lasts for five weeks until April 8. Orders are being taken now by Kiwanis members for bouquets of one dozen long-stemmed roses with baby's breath packaged in a cellophane bouquet-sheath for a donation of $20.

Just in time for Administrative Professional's day, rose pickup day is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Baker Community Center, 101 S. 2nd St., St. Charles.

If you would like to donate, but don't really need the roses, think about ordering for a neighbor who has helped you or designating your dozen to go to a local nursing home or rehab center. Co-chaired by Connie Kurr, Diana Brown, Sally Murphy and Anisa Ali, the goal is to get 1,300 dozen rose orders. Last year the club raised donations for 1,296 dozen.

By contributing to this fundraiser and other activities like it, St. Charles Kiwanis Club has been able to award monetary grants to more than 30 organizations dealing with children in the Tri-Cities area.

Last year, STC Kiwanis gave more than $65,000 in grants to local agencies and hopes to match that again this year. Agencies served include CASA Kane County, Fox Valley Hospice, Fox Valley Special Rec. Association, Lazarus House, Living Well Cancer Resources Center, Riverwoods Christian Center, The Salvation Army, Tri City Family Services, and many others.

Rose bouquet orders can be placed through any St. Charles Kiwanis Club, Golden K, or Key Club members, or by calling (630) 584-1055, ext. 4317.

There have been 1,200 dozen rose bouquets preordered and they are available in a variety of colors. All orders must be received by April 8 for fulfillment. All donations should be made payable to St. Charles Kiwanis Foundation and must be submitted with orders.

Kiwanis is an organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. One of the top priorities for the St. Charles Kiwanis Club is, "Young Children: Priority One."

This initiative places continuing focus on serving the needs of children in the Fox Valley, one community at a time. The club currently has more than 80 members of the St. Charles community working on this commitment to children.

Club meetings are at noon Tuesdays at the PNC Bank building, 2600 E. Main St., St. Charles. If you are interested in joining Kiwanis, call John Radman at (630) 443-0391.