LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry Rotary Club is hosting its largest annual fundraiser on Nov. 1 at the Nashua Country Club ballroom from 6 to 10:30 p.m.
“This annual event is the largest and most significant fundraising event hosted by Londonderry Rotary,” said Rotary member Reed Clark.
The event will feature two comedy acts headlined by Ace Aceto from Rhode Island, as well as food and dancing. A cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and a carving station will be available during a cocktail reception in the opening hour.
Aceto is described in a press release as a veteran of the New England comedy circuit who specializes in functions like these.
After the comedy acts, the event will transition to dancing and entertainment led by DJ Joe Taliaferro of Mr. Melody Productions. Former Rotary president and event organizer Mike Dolan said past headliners have included singer Tony Pace and comedian Mike MacDonald.
There will be a silent auction during the event, featuring some “top notch” items, according to Clark.
Dolan said they used to call the annual event the “Fall Fling.” They hope to raise between $10,000 and $20,000. The most they ever raised at a single event was $22,000 in 2014.
“We’ve raised over $50,000 in these over the past six years,” Dolan said.
Tickets are $40 per person. All funds will be directed to charities and organizations supported by the club, including Liberty House, St. Gianna’s Place, End 68 Hours of Hunger, Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County, local soup kitchens and more.
Each year, the club awards a $13,000 and $2,000 scholarship for two Londonderry High School students.
Dolan said the students write essays and demonstrate their community service to vie for the awards. He said some of the students work extremely hard, often under difficult circumstances.
“Some of the stories are just incredible,” Dolan said.
This year, the student who won the bigger scholarship said he or she was able to attend their target school thanks to the scholarship.
“That money put them over the top so they could go,” Dolan said.