Anniversaries are a time for celebration and, for one club at Fordham, a chance to raise money for a great cause.

A guest contemplates which raffle prize she wants to vie for.
Photo by Michael Dames

On Jan. 14, Fordham Kiwanis celebrated their 25th anniversary on campus in tandem with the 100th anniversary of their parent organization, Kiwanis International. The luncheon and silent auction, held on the Rose Hill campus, raised $2000 for The Eliminate Project–a joint effort by Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Fordham Kiwanis is working towards their pledge goal of $100,000 and has now raised $85,000.

At its core, Kiwanis aims to serve the community, said Rosemary DeJulio, Ph.D., who serves on the organization’s board of directors. Fordham Kiwanis has partnered with local schools MS 205 and PS 45 to do service projects with children and help raise funds for The Eliminate Project.

“What is unique about Kiwanis is that it builds leadership skills for young people on different levels,” said DeJulio. “Service starts on the elementary level with K-Kids, continues in middle school with Builder’s Club, high school with Key Club, and college level with Circle K. We work with children and for the safety, health, and education of children.”