• Rotary Year: 2018-2019
  • Application Date: 5/30/2018
  • Club Name (Primary): Lexington Lunch
  • Club Name 2: Lexington
  • Club Name 3: Covington-Hot Springs
  • Project Name: Puerto Rican Scholarship Fund
  • Project Total Cost: $42,100.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $1,526.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico as a Category 4 Hurricane with winds in excess of 155 mph, causing widespread disruption across the island. The Puerto Rican Scholarship Fund (PRSF) was created to support Puerto Rican culinary students whose studies had been disrupted by this tragedy. PRSF is raising money to allow two students to attend the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College’s (DSLCC) Culinary Arts program. In addition to tuition, the PRSF will cover airfare, transportation, and housing for a planned year-long stay in Rockbridge County. Students will work at local restaurants in order to cover costs of food and other expenses. The full budget is estimated at $25,000 per student, details are attached with this application. To date, PRSF has raised one-half of these funds and has been actively promoting the project in local newspapers, radio, and social media.

    Rotary Club of Lexington Lunch Club (87573) has joined with Lexington (5763) and Covington-Hot Springs (5754) to raise funds and provide volunteers in support of PRSF efforts. PRSF offers an excellent opportunity for Rotarians in Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath Counties to become involved in a community project both through volunteerism and through financial donations.

    This project was conceived by Chef George Huger, owner/operator of the Southern Inn of Lexington restaurant in collaboration with local philanthropist and community organizer, Jerry Nay. Also providing planning are DSLCC Academic Vice President, Ben Worth, who is also President Elect of the Rotary Club of Lexington Lunch, Lexington Presbyterian Minister, Rev. William Klein, and Washington and Lee University Journalism Professor, Ali Colón, who was born on Puerto Rico. PRSF is actively coordinating with Juan Rivera Maldonado, president of the Associación Gastronómica y Culinaria de Puerto Rico, a prominent culinary organization on the island.
  • Expected Start Date: 8/20/2018
  • Expected End Date: 5/10/2019
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 2
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: Many residents of Rockbridge County and the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista has been voicing their support for their fellow citizens of Puerto Rico. The PRSF offers a real and tangible way to make a life-long difference in the lives of persons disrupted by Hurricane Maria. This project also provides an excellent vehicle for Rotarians to get involved in a local, community project. In addition to raising funds required for the project, there will be many opportunities for Rotarians to become involved through volunteerism. See description below.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 1000
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): This project cannot be accomplished without support from members of the community including fellow Rotarians. Needs include:

    Planning and logistics (e.g. developing brochures, managing email lists, developing and maintaining a social media presence)
    Assistance with Fundraising
    In kind gifts for living quarters and kitchens
    Providing hospitality for students (e.g. inviting students to community events or inviting students to dinner).
    Translation Services (for those Rotarians with spoken English and Spanish skills)
    Transportation Support
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: PRSF has raised nearly one-half of the total planned budget and has been actively spreading news about the project through ads in local newspapers, radio stations and a Facebook page. On January 25, the PRSF held a successful dinner-fundraiser, which was attended by over 200 local residents. The event was covered widely in the local press: The Roanoke Times, The Lexington News Gazette, Lexington Radio 3WZ; the Roanoke Times article is linked here: http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/lexington-clifton-forge-to-welcome-puerto-rican-culinary-students-displaced/article_6e0fcca4-8684-5af3-9a21-ea94a99f1c00.html.

    Rotary can become key participant in promoting the event. The Rotary logo will accompany all brochures and advertisements, and Rotary Sponsorship will be mentioned in all radio ads.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Danny S. Lancaster Community College
  • Letter(s) of Participation: DSLCC Letter_Signed.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Budget Upload: PR Budget for 2018 for Two PRs.docx
  • Primary Contact Name: Benjamin Worth
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President-Elect
  • Primary Contact Email: bworth@dslcc.edu
  • Primary Contact Phone: 859-797-9009
  • Financial Contact Name: Chip
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Honsinger
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    13 Sixty West Dr.
    Lexington, VA 24450
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  • Financial Contact Email: honsinger57@comcast.net
  • Financial Contact Phone: 540-463-3145
  • Project Authorization Form: Project Authorization Letter.pdf
  • Supporting Uploads: merged_supporting_documentation.pdf
  • Grant Number1819C-02
  • Grant Award$1,526.00