ROXBURY, NJ - A recent fundraiser by the Interact Club at Roxbury High School yielded about $100 more than a similar effort last year, enough to vaccinate about 500 children, according to those involved.
The Feb. 12 fundraiser at Roxbury Diner in Succasunna brought the club $350, said Roxbury Rotarian Steve Alford. Interact is Rotary's club at the high school.
For the event, Roxbury Diner pledged to give 10 percent of every person's tab. That came to $208 "and the diner rounded it to $250," Alford said. On top of that, Sam Maddali of the nearby Valley Pharmacy "kicked in" another $100, said Alford.
He said polio vaccines cost about 70 cents a piece, meaning the fundraiser has the ability to save about 500 children from polio. Alford said the $350 raised this year was about $100 more than the amount gathered by Interact when it held a similar fundraiser in 2014. This year's was the group's fourth "Dine at the Diner" money drive for polio.