At the Dec 8 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon, President Mike Markovitz Sr. presented checks for $3,000 each to representatives from Interfaith Friends and Wyoming County Children and Youth.  Mike was also chair of the Black Friday Candy Cane Day collections with on day coordination of the event provided by his Rotarian son Mike Markovitz, Jr.  The $6,000 was used to buy Christmas gifts for children in need in Wyoming County.
On behalf of Interfaith Friends, Mary Foley thanked the club for this donation and her colleague Carissa Harvey noted that they have 165 registered families with 525 children signed up with Interfaith this year.
John Alunni also thanked the club for all the work that went into setting up this fundraiser.  He was very grateful for the donation, particularly due to the current financial climate and increasing costs.  As a result of this money, children in their purview “will experience the magic of Christmas”.
This event has been an annual Rotary fundraiser for over 32 years.  In exchange for monetary donations, shoppers were offered individually wrapped candy canes as a thank you.  The candy canes were generously donated by Northeast Data, Inc. 
Over 40 Rotarians, Interactors, family and friends braved the weather on Black Friday to collect donations from generous shoppers at 4 shopping plazas in Tunkhannock.  Coffee, donuts and hot cocoa to fuel the collection teams were provided by Dunkin Donuts.
L to R: Pres. Mike Markovitz with Mary Foley and Carissa Harvey from Interfaith Friends.
L to R: Pres. Mike Markovitz presenting check to John Alunni for Wyoming County Children & Youth.