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Rotary Club of Darien raised $31,000 at its Food For Kids Fundraiser

May 31, 2019 02:58PM ● By Hannah Ott

Darien - The 2nd Annual A Taste of Route 66 & Food for Kids Fundraiser was a grand success. Presented by the Rotary Club of Darien, the dinner and silent auction took place at Ashyana Banquets in Downers Grove this April. 

"Thank you to all who participated," noted Joan Wayman, head of the Food for Kids program and Rotary Club of Darien member. "We raised $31,000! That will serve 200 children for the next 3 school semesters."

The Rotary Club of Darien's Food for Kids Program provides nutritional meals to food-insecure school children on weekends during the school year. The program supplements the primary source of food for the students, which is often the school cafeteria. (

In addition to donating proceeds from Taste of Route 66, the Rotary Club supports Food for Kids with monthly Packing Nights throughout the school year. Packing Nights will return the week of Labor Day 2019. 

"Please visit our Auction Sponsors and tell them Thank you!," Wayman shared. The following sponsors supported the event:

  • All Chile Mexican Grill
  • Allstate Insurane
  • Ashyana Banquets and Catering
  • Barbara J. Vondra CPA
  • Broida and Nichelle LTD, Attorneys at Law
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill
  • City Clerk of Darien, JoAnne E. Ragona CMC
  • Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket & Cocktail Lounge
  • Grand Duke’s Restaurant
  • King’s by Chef Terrell
  • Los Arcos Mexican Grill & Bar
  • MRxI & Kushan Education
  • Reality Executives
  • Shanahan’s Food & Spirits
  • Shikara Restaruant
  • StateFarm Insurance
  • State Street Dental Care
  • Uncle Bub’s
  • Zazzo’s Pizza & Catering

If you are interested in becoming part of the Rotary Club of Darien, check out the organization at an open meeting: 2nd/4th Tuesdays of the month, 7-8am, at Downers Delight (new location began May 14). 

Contact Joan Wayman for details via 630-747-5250 or

Source: Rotary Club of Darien via Joan Wayman 630-747-5250