Rotary Youth Exchange student raising money for trip to Italy

Bianca Dvorsky, 16, will be playing piano from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cattle Dog Roasters in the Heritage Plaza off County Road 486. Dvorsky is raising money to attend a high school in Italy as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

Rotary Youth Exchange student Bianca Dvorsky will be playing the piano and singing from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Cattle Dog Roasters.

Cattle Dog Roasters Restaurant is in the Highland Plaza, 2416 N. Heritage Oaks Path, off County Road 486 just east of the Forest Ridge Boulevard Publix plaza.

Dvorsky, who attends Lecanto High School, has been selected by Rotary Youth Exchange Florida to attend a year of high school in Italy this school year. She was selected last November after an interview with the exchange program, competing with other applicants from Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. 

Dvorsky was one of the seven high school applicants selected to participate in the one-for-one exchange program and has been in training for six months. She was informed in early June that she had met all of the training requirements to go on exchange to Italy where she will be hosted by an Italian Rotary Club.

In the one-for-one swap, the Homosassa Springs Rotary Club will sponsor Dvorsky, while the Rotary Club of Inverness is hosting Andrea Di Noia, a boy from Italy that is sponsored by a Rotary Club in Melano.

Di Noia is attending Citrus High School this year. 

Rotary is the largest service club in the world with 1.2 million members in 200 countries with 35,000 local Rotary Clubs and six of those clubs are in Citrus County. 

Dvorsky will be continuing to study piano while in Italy attending regular high school. She is performing and asking for tips to help her raise the money to pay the cost of her exchange that she is currently just several hundred dollars shy of reaching. 

Drop by and have a cup of coffee and pastry and listen to her play. If the spirit moves you, give her a tip to help support her dream of attending school in Italy.

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