Rotary ‘Classic’ Rock event raises $180,000 for community nonprofits to eradicate community poverty

On March 2, the Rotary “Classic” Rock event brought together music enthusiasts and community advocates for a night of entertainment and philanthropy.

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Classic chairwoman Gayle Vandenbergh reported the event, not only offered attendees a chance to groove to their favorite tunes but also raised an impressive sum of more than $180,000 for local nonprofit organizations to eradicate community poverty. This is thanks to the Rotary Club’s planning committee, over 350 attendees, additional donors, and sponsors of the event.

One of the highlights of the evening was the initiative delivered by longtime Rotarians and honorary chairs, Loren and Anne Trimble. Loren speaking on behalf of both of them, emphasized the urgent need to address poverty within the community. Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates, with well over 5000 people living in poverty today, faces a significant challenge that requires collective action.

Trimble outlined a vision that comprises two essential components. Firstly, addressing the immediate needs of those currently living in poverty through the support of organizations, including the Rotary Club of Schaumburg- Hoffman Estates. Secondly, developing a sustainable model that can be implemented not only in Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates but also shared with other communities seeking to combat poverty.

Reflecting on the question of why poverty persists despite the efforts of numerous organizations, Trimble urged attendees to recognize their individual responsibility in the fight against poverty.

“This is not someone else’s problem. This is not a government problem. This is each and every one of our problems,” Trimble stated passionately.

With each dollar raised during the Rotary “Classic” Rock event, Trimble emphasized that attendees were not merely making a donation but making a statement that poverty has no place in their communities.

“Thousands of less fortunate people are depending on us! We can do this!” Trimble exclaimed, rallying the audience to join in the collective effort to eradicate poverty.

The success of the Rotary “Classic” Rock event not only showcased the community’s commitment to supporting vital causes but also demonstrated the power of collective action in addressing complex social issues. As Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates continues its journey toward a more equitable future, events like these serve as reminders of the impact individuals can have when they come together for a common purpose.

Rotary Club of Schaumburg- Hoffman Estates’ “Classic” Rock event not only provided an evening of fun and entertainment but also served as a beacon of hope, inspiring attendees to stand together in solidarity against poverty and work toward a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow for all members of the community.

If you are interested in helping visit and save the date for next Year’s Classic Event: March 8, 2025.

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