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San Ramon Rotary donates record-setting $80,000 to education foundation

2015 Online Auction for Education raises more funds than ever

The San Ramon Rotary Club donated $80,000 to the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation in Danville on Thursday -- all the funds coming from the service organization's 2015 Online Auction for Education, which raised more money than any other installment of the annual fundraising effort, according to Rotary officials.

The $80,000 check, presented during the club's weekly luncheon, also represented the largest single donation by the San Ramon Rotarians, according to club officials.

"This donation is a perfect example of what makes the San Ramon Rotary Club so special," Cristene Burr, executive director of the foundation, said in a statement. "Their laser focus on this goal and a strong desire to push to do something incredible is what propels us forward."

"Because of their generosity we are able to entertain new programs and scale the exciting projects our teachers are working on to give all students access to what makes this community so great. We are truly humbled by this partnership," Burr added.

The foundation estimates the San Ramon Rotary Club has contributed more than $500,000 during the past decade toward the foundation's efforts to support San Ramon Valley students and public schools.

"The donations are critical to several very important programs, including (the foundation's) Teacher Grant Program, which funds diverse initiatives to enhance teacher and student projects, as well as district needs in the areas of math and science," officials from both groups said in a joint statement.

Rotary Club president Gary Sloan and auction chairperson Kathe Mitchell presented the record-setting check to Burr on Thursday afternoon at Crow Canyon Country Club.

San Ramon Rotary has 64 members, comprised of community leaders who support efforts through direct service projects, fundraising, scholarships, and community and international grants, according to Sloan, who is the CEO of San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

Rotarians are set to take part in planting new trees and shrubs along the Iron Horse Regional Trail in collaboration with the city of San Ramon, and in December, they will sell Christmas trees in the Iron Horse Middle School parking lot with funds supporting local and international community-improvement grants, Sloan said.

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