Chesapeake Rotary Club Provides Coats for Kids

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Steve Klimkiewicz, President of Cavalier Auto Group with Brenda Kuntz. Cavalier Auto Group donated $1000 to the Chesapeake Rotary Club in support of their Coats for Kids program.

The holidays were made a little brighter and the winter will certainly be a lot warmer for several hundred Chesapeake school kids. Due to the generosity and

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hard work of a number of civic-minded citizens and a couple of generous businesses nearly $35,000 worth of coats were delivered to three Chesapeake schools just before the holidays.  The schools receiving the coats were Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Portlock Primary and Truitt Intermediate.  Chesapeake Rotary Club Coats for Kids Chairman Gardner King and his committee worked with school guidance counselors who identified kids who most needed coats. The coats were distributed privately through the guidance counselors.

This fantastic accomplishment was made possible by the community spirit and altruism of Cavalier Ford and Kohl’s of Chesapeake.  Cavalier Ford donated $1,000 to the project, and Kohl’s of Chesapeake provided deeply discounted new coats (and Kohl’s bucks for additional accessories like underwear and socks). More than 250 new coats were provided to kids.  It should be noted that Gene Shum, Kohl’s General Manager, went above the call of duty by going to stores throughout the region to ensure a variety of needed sizes were available. The

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Chesapeake Rotary Club provided nearly $8,000, and a Rotary District 7600 grant provided another $3,000 for the project.  According to King, this is the 18th year the club has provided Coats for Kids.

The Citizen salutes this fine example of civic and corporate citizenship.

Loading the first SUV with coats L to R: Chip Worth & Chip Chappell

An SUV loaded with coats for kids.

Pick up from Kohl’s L-R: Sabrena Williams, Barry Mathias, Chip Wirth, Gardner King, Gene Shum (General Manager of Kohl’s) Chip Chappell, Roland Davis, Laura Hanson, David Hanson, Teresa Davis, Steve Best, Linda Doland.

Delivering coats to Thurgood Marshall Elementary School. L-R Teresa Davis, Chip Chappell, Patrick Wirth, Steve Best, Gardner King, Chip Wirth, David Hanson, Laura Hanson, Barry Mathias, Sabrena Williams.

Inside Thurgood Marshall Elementary School. Sabrena Williams, Teresa Davis, Patrick Wirth, Chip Wirth, Laura Hanson, Steve Best, Gardner King, David Hanson, Avelyn Chambers and Kelvin Lawrence of Thurgood Marshall, Chip Chappell, Barry Mathais.

Principal Regina Ratcliff of Truitt Intermediate receives coats from David Hanson and Chip Chappell of the Chesapeake Rotary Club.

John Riddick of Truitt Intermediate surveys coats.

Tonya Brothers, Guidance Counselor at Truitt Intermediate happily receives Coats for Kids.

L to R: Coats for Kids Vice Chairman, Barry Mathias and Chairman Gardner King enjoy the completion of the 2012 delivery of 253 new coats to Portlock Primary, Thurgood Marshal Elementary, and Truitt Intermediate schools. All are title one schools of Chesapeake.


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