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Acres of Diamonds gets new generator, thanks to Duvall Rotary Foundation

  • Written by Valley View Staff

vvAOD(L-R) Duvall Rotary Club members Lin McBride, Beverly Jacobson, Laurie Hauglie, Sandy DuVall, Foundation President Sharol Klise and Rotary Club President Kevin Hauglie. To Hauglie’s right (holding the ceremonial check) is Acres of Diamonds Executive Director Peggy McNamara and next to her is AOD Board member Dave Schoenmaker. AOD Board member Scott Thompson is behind McNamara.Acres of Diamonds will now be able to keep the lights on and the refrigerators and freezers operating when the power goes out, thanks to the generosity of Duvall Rotary.

On April 9, the Duvall Rotary Foundation presented a check for $8,500 to the board of Acres of Diamonds (AOD) so they could buy a much-needed generator for the local transitional facility for homeless women and children.  
 

The funds were allocated from projects of the Rotary Club of Duvall (RCD) whose Foundation received matching funds from Rotary District 5030. Foundation President Sharol Klise presented the check to Peggy McNamara, executive director of AOD and their board of directors. 

“We are delighted that we will be able to continue operations when power is disrupted; we have 14 women and their families on site and having power is critical,” said McNamara.  “In the past we have lost many dollars of donated food which really impacts our home. We have four freezers and seven refrigerators in both the buildings and after the last long power outage we had to throw away all the food.”
 

Klise stated, “The Duvall Rotary Foundation is pleased to be able to help the successful program at AOD by helping to purchase the needed equipment. It is truly a win-win for the Duvall community because we have raised the funds locally and contribute them locally to help those in need.”
 

 “The support from our District made it possible to totally fund the generator,” added Kevin Hauglie, president of the Club.  
 

Acres of Diamonds was established in 1995 and is located in Duvall. AOD provides a loving, safe and nurturing environment that allows homeless women to learn how to break the cycle of addiction, poverty and homelessness. To learn more: (425) 788-9999 or www.acresofdiamonds.org.
 

The Rotary Club of Duvall raises funds through fundraising events such as selling fireworks for Fourth of July celebrations, wine tasting, auctions and through personal donations.  The Club meets every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. in the Riverview School District building, second floor.  

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