San Diego Rotary Club announced on Wednesday that it received $1.85 million to support polio eradication and peace studies programs from club member and businessman Terrence Caster and his wife Barbara.
"Barbara and I are blessed to be fruitful in our family business A-1 Self Storage, and we've always felt it is important to give back and help others," Caster, the company's founder and a member of the Rotary Club of La Mesa, said. "As a result, we are involved in numerous charities. But as a Rotarian, I can think of no cause more worthy than Rotary's work to end polio and promote world peace."
The donation was given during an annual conference of Rotary leaders, and is among the largest single gifts made to the club by an individual member.
Rotary's PolioPlus program will receive $1.1 million of the gift. The program works to immunize children in developing countries against polio.
The remaining $750,000 will go to the Peace Centers endowment fund. The program offers fellowships in peace studies and conflict resolution at six major universities for master's degree students.
"We deeply appreciate the incredible generosity of Terry and Barbara Caster in support of polio eradication, Rotary's top goal as an organization, and also our very popular and successful peace studies program," Stephen Brown, a San Diego area Rotary member and a trustee of The Rotary Foundation, which manages both programs, said. "The Caster family's gift could not come at a better time in Rotary's effort to protect children everywhere by reducing the threat of both disease and violence in our world."