ROCHELLE — More than 180 guests attended Saturday night's 10th annual From the Heart Gala of Giving dinner and auction in Rochelle and helped raise approximately $40,000 for eight local community service agencies.
According to event chairman Dave Eckhardt, the Rochelle Rotary Club sponsored event is the top fundraiser for the organization and has now raised more than $365,000 over the last 10 years.
"We really had another big successful night," Eckhardt stated on Sunday morning. "Between the auction and our cash calendar sales it looks like we should be right at about $40,000 that will go toward eight agencies that will each receive $5,000."
The local non-profit recipients include HOPE of Ogle County, Rochelle Child Care Center, Hub City Senior Center, Rochelle Christian Food Pantry, Shining Star, FOCUS House and CASA.
Eckhardt said since the From the Heart gala began in 2008, approximately $367,000 has been raised to help fund non-profit agencies that provide valuable services to a wide variety of area residents.
"Each year the turnout and support we get is amazing," Eckhardt added. "Corporations, businesses, families, individuals and volunteers all come together to make this fun and rewarding fundraiser happen."