QUINCY -- It was all about the kids, and the organizations that help kids, at Monday's meeting of the Quincy Noon Kiwanis.
Nearly $18,000 was presented to 32 organizations for programs that help young people. The funds were raised through the Noon Kiwanis annual auction, which is the club's biggest fundraiser.
"It's a way of serving the kids and helping those who are not able to pay to attend events, and it's about being able to help them grow," said Joanne Dedert, president of the Noon Kiwanis.
Camp Callahan was among the grant recipients, and Peg Ratliff said the funds will help about 100 children with disabilities.
"We depend solely on the generosity of other people to run our camp, and we only require a nominal fee from our campers. The Kiwanis come through for us, and we appreciate it," Ratliff said.
An upcoming kids week at Camp Callahan will involve about 50 children. A teen camp will be about the same size, and an adult week will be held as well.
Patty Adam of Birthright of Adams County said a grant from the Kiwanis will help women in crisis.
"We try to be a friend that women in crisis and women who are pregnant can trust. Many times they don't know what to do or where to turn, and many times they have other children, so they need clothes and they need food," Adam said.
Dedert said club members are gearing up for the 2020 auction and expect it to be bigger than ever.
"Next year, our club will be celebrating our 100th anniversary. We've started doing some live media with the auction and we've increased our markets a lot. We'll continue to expand that," Dedert said.
The Noon Kiwanis also is preparing to take a group of children to Camp Saukenauk in July.
"We'll take the children up there for the day and treat them to lunch. They'll do canoeing and fishing and do hiking. Some of them feel like they have gone outside the state because some of them have never been outside the city of Quincy," Dedert said.