Left to right: Prashaan Malwana, president of the Interact Club; Donna Shirreffs (holding her grandson), president-elect of Rotary Club of the Pelhams; Matthew Canella, president-elect of Interact Club; and Sina Rassi, one of the members of original Interact Club

PMHS Interact Club Holds Successful Fundraiser

The PMHS Interact Club held a successful Party in the Park fundraiser across from Villaggio’s on June 2, with music by high school bands, pizza, hot dogs, water, and games for all ages.

The proceeds will be used to ship the K-12 books collected by the club to Africa, and for a donation to Rotary Gift of Life, which supports medical missions for heart surgeries for children in foreign countries. The Interact Club is an affiliate of Rotary Club of the Pelhams.

Major sponsors of the fundraiser were Phil Kiamie, DeCiccos, Lou’s Hotdogs, Cantina Lobos, Pelham Pizza, and Pizza Fenice.

Prashaan Malwana, president of the Interact Club thanked the sponsors and all the attendees. He added: “While this was our first time hosting an event of this nature, it was better than I could have imagined. I want to extend a massive thank you to everyone who helped.”

“Whether it was our student bands (The Mellow Fellows and 7th Avenue), or our incredibly generous Pelham sponsors, no part of our event could have been as great without the support we received,” he said. “I would also like to thank everyone who came out, whether it was just to listen to the music or to donate to our cause. I truly hope that this will become a tradition in the future for the Rotary, Interact, and Pelham as a town, and I can’t wait to come by next year.”

During the fundraiser, the Interact Club’s president-elect, Matthew Canella, was presented with a bell to be rung at the opening and closing of club meetings. Making the presentation was Hugh Maynard-Reid, a former president of Rotary Club of the Pelhams who helped organize the Interact Club three years ago.