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The Mt. Pocono Rotary recently donated $12,000 to Monroe County Special Olympics from funds raised at the 22nd annual Community Aviation Day Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast held Memorial Day weekend.

“We were thankful for the community support and sponsorship of this year’s event, which allowed us to present a check for $12,000 to Monroe County Special Olympics. said Vern Moyer, event co-chair and Mt. Pocono Rotary past president. “Thanks to our sponsors, attendees and the hard work of the Aviation Day volunteer committee over the years, we have been able to donate thousands to worthy causes throughout the County.”

The event was founded by Moyer and John Davis more than 21 years ago and allows attendees spend time at the airport, see the aircraft displays — which this year included a Black Hawk helicopter, take helicopter and airplane rides, and find out about how to get youth involved with aviation. It has grown to be one of the Mt. Pocono Rotary’s largest annual fundraisers with more than $150,000 raised over the years.

The donation from the Mt. Pocono Rotary provided support for Monroe county athletes to attend the state championships, with several athletes qualifying to compete in the national championships.

“We are already planning for next year’s event,” Moyer said, “and will begin soliciting sponsors to help us continue with giving back to our community. Non-profits in Monroe County interested in being considered for selection for 2018 are encouraged to call (800) 321-5890.