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Special Needs Kids Enjoy Special Day at the Hillsborough Rotary Fair

Credits: Courtesy Hillsborough Rotary
Credits: Courtesy Hillsborough Rotary
Credits: Courtesy Hillsborough Rotary
Credits: Courtesy Hillsborough Rotary

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An estimated 15,000 people passed through the colorfully lit entryway last week at the Hillsborough Rotary Fair, but no group of attendees was more special to the Rotary Club of Hillsborough members than those who visited on Saturday afternoon's Family Fun Day.

Family Fun Day, a tradition since 2012, is an invitation-only event dedicated to special needs children and their families. Held from 1-4 p.m. the Fair is closed to the general public so that children with special needs and their immediate family members can enjoy the rides, games and food free of charge.  

"We receive wonderful feedback every year from very grateful parents," said Anthony Franchini, Rotary Club of Hillsborough president. "They tell us how much they enjoy attending an event catering to special needs children, as well as their families.”

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Several local organizations serving special needs children, such as Gigi’s Playhouse, Organization for Autism Research, and Mission Cognition extended invitations to attend the Fair to their membership on behalf of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. The resulting crowd, estimated at 970 people, spent three hours enjoying all the Fair’s offerings.  The Rotary Club of Hillsborough wrapped up its tenth anniversary Fair on Sunday, raising a record amount of funds for their foundation, all of which are returned to the community in the form of contributions to a diverse array of programs and causes.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough has over 40 active members from Hillsborough and surrounding communities.   Members include business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  All funds raised by The Rotary Club of Hillsborough are used to support a wide variety of community service organizations and projects. The Rotary Club of Hillsborough meets every Wednesday, at 6:15 pm, at The Landing Restaurant in Hillsborough.

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