Posted by Ruth Lutes

More than 170 Fort Collins Rotarians, Colorado State University Rotaract and Fort Collins High School and RYLA Interact Club members and guests participated in the 8th annual “Purple Pins for Polio” event at Chipper’s Lanes in Fort Collins on January 28th.    It was great fun, great fellowship and we raised $39,000!   Combining this with the double matching funds from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Fort Collins Rotary clubs contributed $117,000 to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus program providing funding to vaccinate 195,000 children worldwide.

With this outstanding support for the 2018 Purple Pins for Polio event, the Fort Collins Rotary clubs have contributed nearly $500,000 to Rotary Polio Plus over the past 8 years.

The participating clubs included the Foothills Rotary Club of Fort Collins and its evening group, the Rotary Club of Fort Collins and its satellite club, Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast, Fort Collins Rotary After Work Club, CSU Rotaract Club, Fort Collins High School Interact Club and Fort Collins RYLA Interact Club.   We received 41 total lane sponsorships this year from Rotarians and their sponsors including 3 major donors.  Major donors are members who contribute $1,000 or more to Polio Plus and this year special recognition goes to Mike Sanders of the Foothills Rotary Club who contributed $26,400 to Polio Plus.  We also want to thank the many additional donors who raised pledges and made personal contributions.   We couldn’t have done it without all of you!     

Foothills Rotary Club members who contributed lane sponsorships:

  • Brad Bischoff, State Farm Insurance

  • Bill Brayden, Brayden Automation

  • Marcia Donnan, Donnan Charitable Foundation

  • Bruce Hottman, Bruce & Lori Hottman

  • Dave Joyce, Supermarket Liquors

  • Denise Juliana, Eide Bailly

  • Vince Lubenow, For Tootsie, Bugsy, O'Dog and Maya Pop

  • Ruth Lutes, Ruth & Frank Lutes

  • Jacque Niedringhaus, Merrill Lynch

  • Chip Newton

  • Chris Otto, EKS&H

  • Mike Sanders, Great Western Bank

  • Bob Sanderson, State Farm Insurance

  • Garrett Tate, Don’t Panic IT Solutions

  • Erica Siemers, UCHealth

  • Sean Shelly

  • Wynn Washle, Laura Jo Washle & Wynn Washle

  • Newt Wyler, Shorewood Real Estate

  • Newt Wyler/ The Northern Colorado College of Real Estate

We also want to recognize our very generous food donors who have enthusiastically supported this event over the years:

Domino's Pizza

8 Year Sponsor of Purple Pins for Polio


8 Year Sponsor of Purple Pins for Polio


3 Year Sponsor of Purple Pins for Polio

We also want to express our thanks and appreciation to the Fort Collins Quad-Club Committee that makes this event happen every year:

Bill BraydenFoothills Rotary Club
Susie EwingRotary Club of Fort Collins
Jim GrieveRotary After Work
Ruth LutesFoothills Rotary Club
Phil MurphyFort Collins Rotary Breakfast Club
Tanis RoederRotary Club of Fort Collins
Bill WestRotary club of Fort Collins
Newt WylerFoothills Rotary Club Evening Group