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Rotary Club Donates Money To Local Salida Organizations

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Chaffee County Search and Rescue and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation received donations from The Colorado Grand charity auto tour at the Rotary Club of Salida meeting Monday.

The HRRMC Foundation received a check for $5,000 to help with the costs of a new pediatric training dummy.

“This will really be a wonderful addition to the education of those training in the pediatric department,” said Robert “Bob” Morasko, hospital CEO.

Search and Rescue received a $10,000 check to help purchase a new vehicle to transport Search and Rescue members and tow an equipment trailer.

“Right now we have a 1986 prisoner-transport Chevy Suburban,” said Dana Porter, Chaffee County Search and Rescue vice president. “Our guys can’t open the rear doors, and there is a cage between the front seat and the rear seats.”

“We really appreciate the money,” John Dodgen said. “This is going to go a long way to replace that Suburban with over 180,000 miles.” Search and Rescue members hope to replace the current vehicle with a lower-mileage crew-cab truck.

“The Colorado Grand allows the Rotary Club to recommend what nonprofit organizations will receive the funds,” Elaine Allemang, Rotary past president, said. “They will be giving out a scholarship to a deserving student in May as well.”

In previous years, the scholarship was $6,000, but in May the scholarship will be for $7,500.