Gift of Life fundraiser brings help to sick children



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GREENFIELD — Continuing to build on well over $400,000 to help provide life-saving surgeries and medical care for kids who otherwise would not receive it, Greenfield’s Rotary clubs will join the Gift of Life for the 15th year.

Greenfield’s Rotary and Sunrise Rotary will hold their annual Gift of Life dinner and auction fundraiser Saturday at the Washington Life Center in Indianapolis, and organizers are expecting a full house.

“We had 250 tickets, and we’ve already sold in excess of that,” said Rotarian Willie McKinney. “We’re making the tables larger to get the people in.”

The Gift of Life program was founded in 1974 by a Manhasset, N.Y., Rotary Club with Central Indiana Rotarians joining the effort in 1998. Since that time, more than $450,000 has been raised here to help more than 249 children from Russia to Haiti, according to the club’s literature.

The Gift of Life program involves a two-pronged approach to save the world’s kids one child at a time, either by bringing children to the United States for treatment or sending medical teams overseas to work there.

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