Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc. (NOW) was the recipient of a generous $5,000 donation from the Quinebaug Valley Regional Rotaract Club, presented at the club’s 5th Annual Celebration Dinner on Wednesday, June 6th.
The $5,000 in funds was generated at the QVR Rotaract 3rd Annual Cornhole Classic, held on Saturday, June 2nd at The Raceway Golf Club in Thompson. The tournament, which is the first of its kind in Northeast Connecticut, is an annual fundraiser that benefits the Rotaract Club and a different non-profit partner each year. For 2018, NOW was chosen as the non-profit beneficiary, with funds to support youth wellness programs and scholarships in the 10-town area.
The 2018 Cornhole Classic featured 41 teams facing off in a bracket-style tournament with the top three teams winning cash prizes. The event was supported by over two-dozen sponsors, all of which are local businesses in the region. In addition to their role as non-profit partner, NOW also saw several board members participate in the event, including President Allan Rawson, Treasurer Julie Quinn, and board members Christine Collins, and Michele Geragotelis. NOW Board Emeritus members Eric Quinn and Earl Rosebrooks also took part with respective family teams; Rosebrook’s team finished strong in fourth place in the competition.
“We could not be more thankful for the generosity and hard work of the Rotaract Club,” said NOW Executive Director Sarah Wolfburg. “The $5,000 will be invested right back into the community and will help us immensely with our spring scholarships and upcoming clinics.”
NOW is a non-profit human services organization focused on youth wellness. NOW provides children with the opportunity to participate in area wellness activities and athletics programs, offering scholarships to the youth of the community with up to 95% of the cost being subsidized by NOW. The mission of the organization is to provide ALL children, regardless of financial resources, equal opportunities to achieve & maintain youth wellness, beginning at an early age.
On June 24th, NOW will host a free Youth Football & Cheerleading Clinic at Killingly High School, open to children ages 5 – 15. Other upcoming events include plans for a Celebrity Bartender Night in August, free soccer clinics, and the 7th Annual NOW Road Race & Walk on September 16th.