Rotary Club raises more than $15K for kids to attend camps

DULUTH -- Twenty-three Gwinnett children will be able to attend summer day camps this year thanks to a generous donation from a local organization.

The Rotary Club of Duluth raised more than $15,000 to send children whose families are served by Rainbow Village to 10 weeks of camp at Bunten Road Park.

Rainbow Village is a one- to two-year transitional program for homeless families that provides temporary housing and support services to facilitate self-sufficiency.

The funds were raised through a golf tournament held at Chateau Elan in Braselton and a poker and Bingo party at the 1818 Club in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building.

A portion of the money is being used to fund counselor positions at the camps for some of the older children whose families are served by Rainbow Village.

"We had a terrific turnout for both events," said Tommy Terrell, president of the Rotary Club of Duluth. "Day camp might not seem like a big deal, but by nurturing these kids today we will enable them to thrive within our community tomorrow."