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Boone’s Sunrise Rotary Club Hosts Twelfth Annual Citrus Fruit Fundraiser “Great Fruit for a Great Cause”

By Rebecca Mullins

Oct. 28, 2013. The 12th annual fruit fundraiser is here at last. Now’s your chance to fulfill all those Vitamin C requirements your doctors have been pressing on you and buy yourself a box of succulent, juicy, nutritious oranges, grapefruit or tangelos. Boone’s very own Sunrise Rotary Club has provided all the necessary paperwork for you to be able to order your fruit, and all the proceeds go to the clubs local and global causes. 

Merritt_Isl_Navel_Oranges_DPThe club is selling a myriad of different citrus fruits for your taste buds to savor. All fruit is grown in the USA by the Florida Indian River Groves. This year’s selection offers navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit, hamlim juice oranges and tangelos.

All fruits can be bought in small 20 lb. cases or large 40 lb. cases. Small cases of fruit are a mere $25, which equals about 32 oranges and large cases are $35, for about 64 oranges. Now that’s a good amount of fruit that is sure to keep you going for quite some time. 

Mixed fruit of navel oranges and ruby red grapefruit are also available. These small cases are $27, while large cases are $37. 

Orders are accepted now through Nov. 12 by phone, mail or online orders. The Rotary Club has made ordering it into a no-hassle triad system.

  • You can order online by visiting the Florida Indian River Groves website here. Click, “Order Now!” and insert the Organization ID number  729293. Then, just add the selection of fruit you want to your cart, pay, and viola! You’re done. 
  • Another method for ordering, is to print off the Club’s order form from their website here. Fill it out with the correct information, write out a check and mail it to PO Box 2084, Boone, NC 28607. 
  • Lastly, you can call any of the Sunrise Rotary Club Members and order through them. If you order by phone, you don’t have to pay for your fruit until the day of pickup.

“It’s a user friendly system,” shared Denis Ringler, a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club and one of the coordinators of this year’s fruit fundraiser.

Out of these three options, you should have no problem ordering your own selection of fruit for the coming winter.

Fruit will be picked fresh and shipped to Legends at 190 Hardin Street. in Boone. It can be picked up at designated times from Thursday, Dec.12 through Sunday, Dec. 15. 

  • Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12-13, fruit may be picked up anytime from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, fruit can be picked up 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 15, fruit can be picked up 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

632All money raised goes to the club’s projects. Some of it will go back into the community for scholarships to Watauga county’s high school seniors to enable them to continue on to college. Some goes to shelter boxes for countries hit by natural disasters and some makes its way to Tanzania as part of the club’s Aqua Project to help families get clean water. For a full list of the club’s projects, see their website here.

“We help people right here at home and all the way around the world,” said Ringler about the club.

This fruit fundraiser is a perfect way to eat something deliciously sweet, be healthy and help a just cause. You could be doing it as a way of giving back to the community, or you could be trying to get a head start on your New Years Resolution to eat healthy and get fit. Whatever your reasons, you’re doing a just and nobel thing, one that you and your body will be glad of as you sit through the cold winter months with fresh citrus in hand and a smile on your lips.