Mike Heffernan
Rotary Club of Burlingame Treasurer
(415) 664-2121
Five Local Nonprofits Selected to Receive Special Funding Grant from
Rotary Club of Burlingame
Local Business and Community Leaders from Service Club Contribute to Support Their Neighbors
Burlingame, CA, October 10, 2014 – Rotary Club of Burlingame today announced that it is awarding a total of $100,000.00 in grants to local nonprofits.  After requesting and receiving funding proposals from many local organizations, Rotary Club of Burlingame selected Apple Tree Dental, Star Vista, Burlingame High School’s Camp Everytown program, Palcare and CALL Primrose as the recipients of its grants.
“I applaud Rotary Club of Burlingame for its hard work raising these funds to support our community.  Rotary Club of Burlingame is a long time benefactor for programs that benefit Burlingame.  From grants like this to being the largest contributor to scholarships at Burlingame High School, as well as volunteering their time, the members of Rotary Club of Burlingame quietly live up to their motto of service above self,” said Michael Brownrigg, mayor of Burlingame. 
“Our grants are made possible by not just the contributions of our Club members, but by the generosity and support of individuals and local businesses,” said Mary Murphy, president of Rotary Club of Burlingame.  “What appeals to many of our donors is the fact that 100% of their donations go directly to the programs we support – we have zero administrative expenses because our members do all the work.  We encourage anyone who is looking for a way to make a direct impact to contribute to our service fund, which raises money for local nonprofits and supports our scholarship program.  For information about how to contribute, go to .
Details About Grants for Five Local Nonprofits...


A grant of $33,000 to Apple Tree Dental will go toward purchase of a large truck that delivers fully-equipped Portable Dental Offices to provide on-site dental care to needy residents at community nursing homes, group homes, head-start centers, schools, and assisted living facilities who would not otherwise have access to such dental services.  For additional information, please contact Michael Helgeson, D.D.S. chief executive at Apple Tree Dental:; 763.784.7993. 

STAR VISTA - $22,500

A grant of $22,500 will help Star Vista to support its Teen Suicide Prevention Program in Burlingame and adjacent communities. In addition to providing a 24/7 hotline, it provides on-site education and training on suicide intervention and prevention for youth, parents, teachers and school staff at local high schools and middle schools.  For additional information, please contact Sara Larios Mitchell, Ph.D., executive director of Star Vista:; 650-591-9623.



A grant of $20,000 will be used by Burlingame High School to support its Camp Everytown program, an intensive 4-day personal and group experience involving a diverse mix of approximately 80 students to promote core values of respect, empathy, acceptance and responsibility—addressing issues such as cheating, diversity and bullying.  For additional information, please contact Di Yim, principal of Burlingame High School:; 650.558.2800.

PALCARE - $12,500

A grant of $12,500 will be used by Palcare to support its model literacy program for pre-kindergarten children that it has developed as part of Operation Lift—a county-wide “start early” effort to increase student literacy by the third grade level.  For additional information, please contact Lisa Kiesselbach, executive director at Palcare:; 650.340.1289.


A grant of $12,000 will allow CALL Primrose to augment its food refrigeration space, including the refrigerators and associated electrical work.  For more information, please contact Terri Boesch, executive director of CALL Primrose:; 650.342.2255.
About Rotary Club of Burlingame
The Rotary Club of Burlingame, chartered in 1925, has been in existence more than 85 of Rotary International’s 100 years. A group of local business and community leaders, the group meets weekly for lunch to connect with one another in a congenial, relaxed atmosphere sharing not only a fine meal, but the experience of a fine speaker who informs the Club on a variety of subjects from global politics to local schools, biotech to hi-tech or the state of our city, county and state.  The Club is a part of Rotary International, which includes more than 1.2 million men and women, in more than 140 countries around the world, who are members of more than 32,000 active Rotary clubs.
The Rotary Club of Burlingame enriches the Burlingame community by providing considerable financial aid and extensive volunteer resources to our local students in middle school, high school, community college and traditional four-year universities.  In addition, we serve our community's less fortunate citizens by underwriting and supporting many of our local non-profit organizations.  Rotary also provides extensive international humanitarian projects in many underdeveloped and underserved regions of the world.  To learn more about Rotary Club of Burlingame, please visit: .