Fundraisers like the annual flea market brought in nearly $1,000 for the Forest Hills Kiwanis Club to help give back to organizations like Camp Kiwanis, Project Eliminate and various churches and groups throughout the community.
Events like the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade would also not be possible without the club.
That is why member Kimberly Tromba, owner of Edible Arrangements at 104-16 Metropolitan Ave., has worked out a plan with her corporate office to sell chocolate-covered strawberries through the club for a fundraising project.
“We want the Forest Hills community to become more familiar with what we are doing, so the boxes will be sold within the neighborhood,” Tromba said.
Boxes of the strawberries, which normally sell for $29, will sell for $25 throughout the fundraiser in the month of October.
“The entire net profit will go to the Forest Hills Kiwanis Club,” she said.
She added that the Forest Hills High School Key Club, the youth branch of the Kiwanis Club, would also help make the boxes.
“A lot of kids get experience in my shop doing fundraisers and then end up with jobs here,” she said. “I like to give them the opportunity because most kids really need actual work experience, and I think Edible Arrangements is a fun place for them to begin their work careers.”
Boxes can be purchased from any member of the Forest Hills Kiwanis Club.
Steve Sirgiovanni, now entering in his first full year as lieutenant governor for the Kiwanis Queens West Division, said the project is a great way to not only raise funding for the branch, but to also help increase membership.
“Kiwanis’ chief responsibility is to help the children of the world and in the community,” Sirgovannis said. “The more members that we have, the more things that we can do.”
Nancy Intagliata, president of the Forest Hills Kiwanis Club, said the most challenging thing for the club to deal with last year was recovering from Hurricane Sandy, however membership growth is an ongoing challenge.
“Membership drive is very, very important because we service the children of the community,” Intagliata said. “We’re really looking forward to having another successful year.”
She urges anyone who wants to take part in the fundraiser with Edible Arrangements or join the club to visit the Forest Hills Kiwanis Facebook page and to look for a new website in the coming months.