Burbank Sunrise Rotary celebrated 25 years of supporting local charities and raised more than $38,000 for Rotary International's polio eradication campaign during a dinner party earlier this month at the Holiday Inn Burbank — Media Center.
A raffle and three large auction items brought in a total of $12,880, which will be tripled through a two-for-one matching grant offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The money will go to the Rotary International's PolioPlus program that pays for immunizations of children throughout the world.
The remaining countries that continue to have cases of polio are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Israel, said Sunrise Rotary President Lee Stacy.
Rotary, along with its partners, has reduced polio cases by 99% worldwide since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979, according to the Rotary International website.
Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries against polio.