Thursday, August 29, 2013

Idaho Falls Rotary clubs host "Pitching for Polio" benefit at tonight's Chukars game

Tonight, the Idaho Falls Chukars will be “Pitching for Polio,” a Rotary International-sponsored event coming to Idaho Falls for the first time. For every ticket sold by a Rotary member, $2 will be donated to the cause of polio eradication. 
Rotary International has been in the forefront of the effort to rid the world of polio, once a scourge everywhere. Vaccines to prevent polio were invented in the 1950s and many Baby Boomers in the United States can remember the nurse giving them sugar cubes in elementary school. Today, polio is a threat in only a few underdeveloped countries.
Rotary has been on the front lines of making polio a memory everywhere, once and for all. The most prominent person in the effort is Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Click here to check out his video.
Guests at tonight's game include the Rotary’s governor and assistant governor of District 5400, which includes all clubs in the state of Idaho and a small portion of Nevada. Typically, this annual event is held in Boise. This is the first time ever that Idaho Falls has hosted it.