Rotary Club kids off annual fundraiser Saturday

BRATTLEBORO — On Saturday, the 53rd annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser officially begins.

Since 1965, the Brattleboro Rotary Club has sold Christmas trees as a fundraiser for local student scholarships, and this year is no different. Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes will be sold daily in front of Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road daily until all 400 trees are gone.

The Brattleboro Rotary Club, founded in 1950, is an active community service club of 75-plus members who engage in community and human service projects both locally and internationally.

The Brattleboro Rotary Club's Gateway Foundation was established in 1986 to create a local fund to support scholarships awarded annually to Brattleboro area students pursuing college. The Gateway Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is funded by annual Rotary fundraising projects and generous contributions from Rotarians and other community members.

Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Sale support the club's annual student scholarship awards of $2 to $3,000 each. To date, the club has awarded close to $500,000 in scholarships.

For more information about Brattleboro Rotary Club or Gateway Foundation, visit


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