August 1, 2022
The Rotary Club of Prior Lake Announces their Dollars @ Work
Local Donations and Projects Account for the Majority 
Prior Lake, Minn. – On Monday, August 1, 2022, the Rotary Club of Prior Lake released their charitable giving for the Rotary year 2021-2022, which runs from July 1-June 30. The funds raised at Prior Lake Rotary’s Lakefront Music Fest, the Club’s largest fundraiser, go to the Prior Lake Rotary Foundation. Those funds are then used to do good in the community and throughout the world. The good is through projects the Club participates in and/or funds, and worthy non-profit organizations the Club contributes to. In total, the charitable giving for the year was $301,843. The chart below breaks down the giving by category.
For a full list of the Club’s giving, scroll to the bottom of this story.
Besides the monetary giving, Club members donate countless hours to projects such as being mentors for the S.T.R.I.V.E. program at Bridges Area Learning Center, facilitating an ethics program for high school students. performing cleanup and maintenance in City parks and roadways, participating in Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed building for kids, and serving some of the county’s neediest families through the holiday gift bag initiative.  Planning and operating the Lakefront Music Fest alone requires countless member hours.
The Club also contributes to other Rotary Club projects and initiatives within our District and in other parts of the country. Those projects that Prior Lake Rotary partnered with numbered 27 this year, and these included projects located in other countries. Earlier this year, the Club approved a $12,500 contribution to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. In total, Prior Lake Rotary approved contributions of $12,500 to Alight ($4,000), the Rotary Club of Lviv International ($4,250), and the Rotary Club of Kyiv ($4,250), to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.  
Beyond the Club, members are extremely generous giving to Rotary International’s programs. For the 9th year in a row, the Rotary Club of Prior Lake was #1 in the 5960 Rotary District for contributing to PolioPlus, Rotary International’s initiative to end polio. In total the Club and its members gave $57,865. And the Club and its members are perennially #1 in the District in total and per capita giving to The Rotary Foundation, the body that is the engine for all the good done worldwide. The total in 2021-2022 was $100,735, and most all Club members contributed to the number. The members know it is not the money given, but the difference those monies make with positively impacting our community and communities across the world.
About Prior Lake Rotary
The Prior Lake Rotary Club is a community service organization responsible for enhancing the quality of life for its residents through humanitarian service and the encouragement of high ethical standards in all vocations. The Club has over 100 members and is recognized for its quality and array of services and leadership in the local community, region, nation, and throughout the world. The Club is a member of Rotary International, a volunteer organization of 1.2 million people united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and address today’s challenges, including our response to COVID-19. Our Strategic Vision is, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” More information can be found on the Club’s web site