Rotarians in Elizabethtown and Mount Joy are raising their glasses in the fight against polio. The public is invited to join a Rotary Club at any of several establishments and help crush polio in the world. Although polio has been wiped out in most countries, it remains endemic in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, which means it is an airplane ride away from infecting millions of children. There is no cure for polio. It is only prevented by vaccine. Rotarians worldwide learn, “Until we end polio forever, every child is at risk.”
Donations from the public provide disease preventing vaccines to children in at-risk countries. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $2 for every dollar raised at these events.
Local Pints for Polio events began Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Funk Brewing in Elizabethtown. The schedule had it continuing at Cox Brewing on Wednesday, Oct. 24, and at Moo-Duck Brewery on Thursday, Oct. 25. It was from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. all three nights. Tickets can be purchased at https://tinyurl. com/etownrotaryp4p. In addition to selling beer, the sale of commemorative glasses and T-shirts is used to fund vaccines.
The fight continues from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Rosie’s Tavola on Main Street in Mount Joy. Rotarian Dave Christian will be the guest “beer-tender.” He will select a draft beer to serve. Rosie will donate $1 to Polio Plus for each beer selected. Dave will be working hard as tips he earns will be donated as well. During these hours, Rosie’s will also donate 10 percent of food orders, including take-out.On Thursday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Harvey’s Main Street BBQ will host their Pints for Polio event. Harvey will donate 20 percent of the entire bill for all dinein orders.
Mount Joy’s newest pub, The Twisted Bine, will host an event between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. Amounts ranging from 50 cents to $1 per drink will be donated to Polio Plus, depending on which beer is purchased.
On Monday, Nov. 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bube’s Brewery will host an event. Participants must purchase a ticket either at Bube’s or from a Rotarian. This ticket will get the bearer a free Bube’s House Brew. The ticket costs $5 and Bube’s will donate $4 to Polio Plus.
With the exception of Bube’s Brewery, participants will need to show Pints for Polio fliers for the Mount Joy events. Fliers are available from Mount Joy Rotarians, at the restaurants, or by copying one from the Mount Joy Rotary Club’s Facebook page.
Anyone who wants more details and pictures may review the Mount Joy Rotary Club’s Facebook. Anyone who is interested in being a guest at a Mount Joy Rotary Club meeting may call Mark Rorabaugh at 717-653-4717.