Each year the Rotary Club of Fairhope selects a number of projects to be funded from the proceeds of the previous year’s steak cookoff fundraiser. Some of these, such as the Thomas S. Scoggins Memorial Scholarships and the Fairhope–Point Clear Rotary Youth Club, are ongoing annual commitments. Other projects are selected by the current club president with the approval of the board of directors. Here are the projects and causes to which we contributed in a few previous years.

2020–2021 
Thanks to Covid, we were unable to hold our steak cookoff fundraiser in 2020 or 2021, but we still managed to give away some money!

Fairhope–Point Clear Rotary Youth Club ($20,000 toward a “new” school bus, plus unrestricted funds and costs for a pancake breakfast)

$30,310

Hunger Agencies ($500 each to Catholic Social Services food pantry, Prodisee Pantry, Fairhope United Methodist Church Food Pantry and $1,000 to Rise Against Hunger)

$2,500

Fairhope Police Department ($1,000 each to Back to School with Red, White, and Blue and Shop with a Cop)

$2,000

Fairhope schools ($10,500 each to Fairhope Middle School, Fairhope East Elementary, and Fairhope West Elementary)

$31,500

Warrior Bonfire Program retreat

$500

Lunch for Thomas Hospital employees

$500

Mary’s Shelter

$500

In addition, the club and club members donated a total of $21,990 to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and PolioPlus. The club and club members contributed $6,208 for disaster relief, as well as in-kind donations and volunteer labor. Through its foundation, the club provided Thomas S. Scoggins Memorial Scholarships of $10,000.

$100

Finally, the club, through its foundation, and in partnership with The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, which provided a COVID global grant for $24,000, and Rotary District 6880, which contributed $14,894 of its District Designated Fund, provided a $57,984 grant to Infirmary Health’s Thomas Hospital for the purpose of purchasing a Cepheid GXIV-4-D COVID-testing system.

$2,500

2018–2019 
Fairhope–Point Clear Rotary Youth Club

$20,000

Softball pitching/batting facility at Founders Park

$23,000

Manley Road Soccer Complex playground

$11,816

Contribution to Heart-to-Heart school project in Toluca, Mexico (*matched by $20,000 from the club foundation)

$10,000

Back to School with Red, White, and Blue (FPD program)

$2,500

Shop with a Cop (FPD Christmas program)

$2,500

Rotary Youth Club Gospel Fest (proceeds of concession sales)

$742

Fairhope High School golf tournament

$500

Baldwin County Heritage Museum Golf Scramble (hole sponsor)

$100

One Fairhope One Future fundraiser for Fairhope elementary schools

$2,500

Fundraisers of other clubs ($500 each to Daphne/Spanish Fort, Fairhope Sunset, and Point Clear

$1,500

In addition, the club and club members donated a total of $14,937 to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and PolioPlus. The club and club members contributed $1,600 for disaster relief, as well as in-kind donations and volunteer labor. Through its foundation, the club provided Thomas S. Scoggins Memorial Scholarships of $10,000.

2017–2018
Fairhope Intermediate School For special-needs playground (includes $9,500 district grant)

$30,500

Fairhope Middle School For six hand-held radios (walkie-talkies)

$1,000

Fairhope–Point Clear Rotary Youth Club (Unrestricted funds $10,000 + $100 Four-Way Test Essay Contest)

$10,100

Thomas S. Scoggins Memorial Scholarships

$10,000

FHS Football (for cookoff help)

$500

Third-Grade Dictionary Project

$1,140

District-led Global Grant

$5,000

Fundraisers of Neighboring Clubs ($500 for Daphne/Spanish Fort poinsettia sale + $500 Point Clear Taste of Rotary)

$1,000

2016–2017
Fairhope–Point Clear Rotary Youth Club

$23,700

ESAA Outreach programs for RYC art classes

$3,000

College Scholarships

$15,000

myTeam Triumph (including $4,300 district grant)

$10,000

Rotaract Club of the Eastern Shore

$1,070

Fairhope High School Interact Club

$500

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) (4 attendees)

$1,100

FHS Football (for cookoff help)

$500

Scouting (Boy Scout Troop 47 and Cub Scout Pack 47)

$500

Third-Grade Dictionary Project

$1,323

District-led Global Grant

$5,000

Baldwin County Leadership Meeting

$500

Fundraisers of neighboring clubs

$1,800

Louisiana Disaster Relief

$500