Kiwanis Club of Riverside will celebrate 100th anniversary

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The Kiwanis Club of Riverside, established in 1921, will celebrate 100 years of community service with a gala dinner party 6-9 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Victoria Club in Riverside.

The public is encouraged to attend. Tickets are $100, with a portion of the ticket price representing a donation to the club’s welfare foundation to help fund future philanthropic activities.

One example of the club’s community service is its “adoption” of Longfellow Elementary School in Riverside nearly 30 years ago. What began as a holiday food drive has grown over the years to include book drives; a courtyard beautification; purchases of playground equipment, musical instruments and backpacks; bike donations to encourage perfect attendance; and recognition awards for outstanding staff and students.

The club also provides more than $30,000 in scholarships for graduating high school seniors from the greater Riverside area and in the 1990s the club endowed a scholarship at Riverside City College that to date has supported more than 25 transferring students, according to a news release.

More recently, the club partnered with the city of Riverside, Riverside City College and Riverside County to help launch the Starting Blocks learn-to-swim program. The club also made a multi-year grant to support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring program.

The Kiwanis Club of Riverside’s annual Turkey Barbecue was held at Fairmount Park for more than 50 years, and the club has provided volunteer support for many local events. The club also sponsors a high school basketball tournament every year in December.

Tickets for the Kiwanis Club of Riverside’s 100th anniversary celebration are available at eventbrite.com or by mailing a check to the KCOR Welfare Foundation, PO Box 20827, Riverside, CA 92516.