Rotary Club Works to Preserve Local Restaurants with Online Fundraiser

A $20,000 goal has been initiated by Rotarians with an $8,000 donation to kick off a campaign helping restaurants locally

PHOTO: Provided by Rotary Club | South Pasadena Rotarians are leading the push to help local restaurants afloat with a GoFundMe campaign online

The Rotary Club and Foundation of South Pasadena have launched an online fundraiser to support local restaurants in South Pasadena who are affected by mandated safety measures due to COVID-19.

“We started this fundraiser to thank our local businesses for their continuous support in the community,” fundraiser organizer, Past President (2013-2014) and 15-year Rotarian Marchelle Sellers said. “We want to foster a community spirit by encouraging people to involve their friends, family, and neighbors to support these restaurants. They are always there for our little league, school events and community fundraisers like our Taste of South Pasadena. Now is when we need to be there for them.”

The Rotary Club & Foundation of South Pasadena has contributed an initial immediate donation of $8,000 towards a larger $20,000 goal. All proceeds raised through the GoFundMe fundraiser will be used to offer monthly emergency grants to restaurants beginning April 1. All contributions are tax-deductible.

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“With the help of the local and regional communities, I know we can come together to reach our goal and preserve the heart and stomach of South Pasadena,” current Rotary Club President Reda Beebe said. “Any donation goes a long way to help our neighborhood survive.”

To donate and to learn more about the fundraiser, please visit Also, please remember to support our local eateries with Take-Out, Delivery, Curbside Pick-Up, Gift Certificates and Donations!