Through matching funds, groups raise $17,550 to eradicate polio

Sourced from Dubois County Free Press

The Rotary Club of Jasper recently partnered with Will Read and Sing for Food to bring the community a very special event titled Will Read and Sing for Polio.

The event raised more than $17,000 for the Rotary’s PolioPlus fund – the Rotary’s fund dedicated to efforts to eradicate polio worldwide – through several major contributions. Through donations and the $10 entry fee for the show, the even raised $3,900.

However, the event’s impact did not end there. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a 2-to-1 match, bringing the donation to $11,700. Additionally, Rotary District 6580 provided matching funds of $.50 to the dollar, which brought the grand total raised up to a $17,550.

Will Read and Sing for Polio was spearheaded by committee head and past Rotary Club of Jasper President Julie Dutchess, along with her team of Jasper Rotarians.

“The Power of Rotary is amazing. Bringing the community together to support PolioPlus and shedding light on polio eradication was my goal,” Dutchess stated. “I never anticipated what a huge financial impact this event would generate.”

Performers for the evening included humor writer and event host Scott Saalman, vocalists and guitarists Kyle Lueken and Debbie Schuetter, Jasper Rotary Club’s own Ed Cole on harmonica, and special guest reggae musician Zion. “When I Wake,” an award-winning short film created by Hannah Rydberg of Jasper High School, was also screened. WNIN’s Paola Marizan co-hosted the event with Saalman. Rotary International Past District Governor Timothy Lee of Greenwood, who has traveled the globe extensively for Rotary outreach endeavors, shared his knowledge about PolioPlus during a live interview with Marizan, viewable on Facebook at

Special thanks to show sponsors including Julie and Bob Dutchess, Seufert Construction, Ken Sendelweck (Merrill Lynch), Bob and Ann Schneider, Pieper Burns State Farm, Pat and MJ Saalman, Sandy and Ronnie Karney, and Dallas and Rae Anne Toothman. Rotary special guests for the evening included Tim and Amy Lee, Greenwood, IN along with Jim Bright, Past District 6580 Governor, Bloomington, IN.

Will Read and Sing for Food is an organization comprised of talented entertainers with huge hearts who donate their time and talents to present a variety show featuring live humor essays, various musical entertainment, and more to benefit charitable causes. Created in 2011 by Scott Saalman and based out of Jasper, IN, this organization promotes each show and encourages the public to attend and support the chosen charity through attendance and monetary donations.