Hoboken Rotary Raises Almost $25,000 to Help Hoboken Charter School Rebuild After Fire

The Hoboken Rotary announces:

Tuesday night the Hoboken Rotary hosted a benefit party with over 500 guests and
raised almost $25,000 for the Hoboken Charter School. The school will use the
money for repairs after a recent fire damaged its building and displaced over 190
Rotarian and local clothing
store owner Rory Chadwick led the Rotary’s effort to organize the party,
including securing a venue, gathering raffle and auction prizes, inviting
guests and other arrangements. Previously Chadwick organized benefit parties
after separate fires displaced the residents of 87 Jackson Street and 300
Washington Street.
The school at 713 Washington
Street is across from Chadwick’s store. “I looked out my window and saw
the school on fire, and it looked bad,” Chadwick said. “When I found out the
inside was ruined I called my fellow Rotarians and got to work. It’s not easy
to do this in such a short amount of time but when Rotary members work as a
team we can do anything.”
Chadwick contacted Cory
Checket, owner of the Turtle Club restaurant and bar at 936 Park Avenue, about
hosting the benefit. “When the Hoboken Rotary
approached us to host the fundraiser we didn’t hesitate,” Checket said. “It is
truly remarkable how well Hoboken can come together to rally around a neighbor
or institution in need.” The Turtle Club gave a free drink to all guests
who donated a suggested $10 at the door. After hundreds of guests responded to
the benefit’s Facebook page, neighboring restaurant 10th &
Willow also opened to accommodate the overflow.
Dozens of local businesses
donated raffle and auction prizes, and posted collection jars at their
respective locations. Chadwick was able to obtain several big-ticket prizes,
including signed sports memorabilia from football stars Eli Manning, Ray Rice
and Troy Polamalu, game tickets, artwork, theater tickets, music memorabilia
and a Hudson River cruise.
Several Hoboken Rotarians
contributed to the benefit, either by donating prizes or by providing support,
including bar owner Joe Branco, financial planner Christopher Mackin, magazine
publisher Joe Mindak, realtor Ron Zimmerman and attorneys Lisa Russo and Marie
Hoboken Charter’s Executive Director and
K-8 principal Deirdra Grode said she hopes her students can learn from seeing
the community come together to help. “I hope that our students see that it is
possible to overcome adversity with hard work, commitment and team work,” Grode
The Hoboken Rotary has a
standing fund to collect donations for this and other emergencies. It will
continue to collect donations for the school in the coming days. “It is great
to see the community come together in helping each other,” said current Hoboken
Rotary president Ryan Mitchell. “This has been and will continue to be our
mission, as our motto is service above self.”
To donate to the Hoboken
Rotary’s fund for the Hoboken Charter School, and to learn more about the
Hoboken Rotary, visit its website,
friend its Facebook
, and follow its handle on Twitter.

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