2018 Foundation Ball

The Foundation Ball is Buckhead Rotary's primary fundraising event that will provide funds for the projects we undertake in the coming year. The event hosts around 250 people, probably at the Cherokee Town Club, and features a live and silent auction, raffles, dinner, dancing, and fellowship.


7th Grade Basketball Tournament

Since 1965 the Rotary Club of Buckhead has sponsored a 7th grade basketball league for boys. In addition to a financial contribution, the club has continued to provide assistance each week with running the scoreboard and stats for each game.




High School Tennis Tournament

For over three decades the Rotary Club of Buckhead has hosted an annual high school tennis tournament for varsity boys and girls teams. Public and private schools from all over the Southeast participate in this spring weekend event which is generally considered to be the largest tournament in the Southeast. It will be held March 16 & 17, 2018.


Horizons Summer Camp

Horizons Summer Camp provides education, nutrition, and fun to K-3 students at Garden Hills Elementary School who are at most risk of Summer Learning Loss. The focus is helping those students attain 3rd grade reading and math levels. A paid staff is assisted by Rotarians and others in giving individual attention in the classroom, playground, and swimming pool.


Make a Difference, Moshi, Tanzania

Seek funding to help educate, feed, and uniform 9 children through elementary (1) and secondary (8) school at The Royal School, a private school in Himo, Tanazania. The children are double-orphans and have been supported by Make a Difference ( for at least seven years, some since 2005. MAD supports 26 students in all, most now in upper levels in Tanzania, Zambia, USA (Duke University), and Canada (Memorial University, St. John's, NL). Corporate sponsors include Salesforce and Proctor & Gamble Alumni Network.

Make a Difference is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization registered in Boise, ID. MAD was founded by Theresa M. Grant, who since 2005 has lived in Africa to help children at the MAD orphanage to become leaders in their countries by providing superior educational opportunities while encouraging them to give back to their communities. The students are well rounded, resilient, and determined to turn to MAD for assistance, but not dependence, to make sure their ambitions are met.

If approved, 100% of the grant will go towards the project.

Additional information, including financial reports, will be provided upon request.

Disclosure: Project created by Buckhead Rotary Club member Peter Vang Jensen, advisor to the board of Make a Difference (MAD). Since 2011 Peter Vang Jensen has supported a student, Peter Carilo, with a monthly cash donation to MAD, as well as birthday and Christmas gifts.


Open Hand

Open Hand has been a signature project since RY 2016, so RY 2018 is the third and final year of our involvement. Events are arranged each month to give Rotarians an opportunity to volunteer in preparing, packaging, or delivering meals to clients.

Open Hand was founded in 1988 and now serves almost 2 million healthy meals annually cross 19 Georgia counties. More than 50% of Open Hand clients are elderly.

Buckhead Rotarians and their friends and family members have helped to cook food, prepare portion controlled meals, package meals, prepare shipments, and deliver meals to homebound clients. Some of our members have engaged employees from their work places to assist. Dr. Lewis Brown took his entire practice staff for an afternoon at Open Hand and Chandler Rudd and his USAA Atlanta office staff worked one day.

RC Buckhead has pledged $75,000 to Open Hand over the three year life of the project. Open Hand dedicates over 90% of the funds it receives to the cost of food delivered to its clients making it one of the most efficient charitable organizations in the country.


Rooted to Rise

Rooted to Rise is a program devised by the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) and the Atlanta Speech School to inform parents of very young children how to read to and with their children to increase their vocabularies and better prepare them to read and for school.

With financial support from Buckhead Rotary and other sources, a syllabus was devised and training provided to Rotarians and others who act as facilitators in meetings with new and prospective parents. Training consists of three one-hour sessions conducted in workplaces, community centers, and churches. Parents are shown several videos that are on YouTube, followed by discussions of how the techniques demonstrated in the videos can be used as parents read to and with their children.


Air wall for GEEARS conference room

GEEARS -- the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students -- is a 501c3 organization, and its mission is to inspire and provide leadership for a statewide movement on quality early learning and healthy development for children from birth to age five. This project will provide materials and assistance in building an innovative meeting space in its current office location. This will be accomplished through the installation of an air wall.