Shown here, Gene Salvadalena, Executive Director of Home of the Sparrow, waves a check for $500 presented to his organization, Thursday, May 5th, noon, at the regular meeting of the McHenry Rotary Club in McHenry VFW lodge.  The presentation was made by Tony Huemann (right), Club President.  The funds are part of the monies raised by last year’s Blues, Brews, & BBQ’s (BB&B).

    Mr. Salvadalena has been director of Home of the Sparrow for a year having come from a background of leadership training for non-profit professionals.  He noted that 60% of the women with children who are treated by this local agency are victims of abuse and neglect.  Their mission statement is “to provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.”