Rotary barbecues raise funds for scholarships At least 800 meals were delivered by Rotary Club of Comstock Park which ran out of food in July before the line of potential customers ended.

Volunteer cooks with the Rotary load ribs on the grill. Photo: Jeffrey Cunningham
Volunteer cooks with the Rotary load ribs on the grill at the barbecue festival at Comstock Park, Michigan. Photo: Jeffrey Cunningham

The Comstock Park Rotary Club’s (Michigan, US — District 6290) three summer barbecues have been going on for nearly 50 years and if anything, they are more popular now than in the beginning.

Three time a summer, the club takes over one of the pavilions at Dwight Lydell Park in Comstock Park and hosts an all-day barbecue fundraiser.

Two years ago the barbecues had grown to serving 400 or more meals a day and raising some $6,000 for college scholarships and to reinvest back into the community.

This summer that number has jumped to 800 meals and the Rotary ran out of food in July before the line of potential customers ended.

At least 100 meals were sent out to companies who had pre-ordered.

This summer the group will net more than $9,000 for their efforts.

Each year the Rotary gives $1,000 scholarships to a graduating senior at Comstock Park High School and at Kenowa Hills High School.

Each barbecue takes an army of volunteers and sponsors.

The group started out just barbecuing chicken, but in the last few years added ribs and smoked sausage.

Much of what the group does is behind the scenes work to benefit the local community so the barbecues are a way of allowing the public to interact with the Rotary Club members and get a good meal.

The final barbecue of the summer will be held from 11.30 am to 6.30 pm on August 31.

Source: mlive.com

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