Polio is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.

In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children.

On April 13, Ridgefield Rotary teamed up with Tommy James and The Shondells to have an “End Polio Now” concert. The event was a huge success as a sold-out crowd of 500 attended the concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse, organizers said. Thanks to concert-goers, 25 sponsors and local businesses over $225,000 was raised.

On National Polio Day on Oct. 24, First Selectman Rudy Marconi and members of Ridgefield Rotary hung a plaque in town hall commemorating the Town of Ridgefield’s effort through Rotary which resulted in the tremendous contribution toward the “International Eradicate Polio Initiative.”

To learn more Ridgefield Rotary, its mission, its people and upcoming events such as Taste of Ridgefield, visit online at ridgefieldrotary.org or on Facebook.