Proceeds from Sunrise Rotary gala help the community
by By LUCIE R. WILLSIE Associate Editor
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THE BRADLEY SUNRISE ROTARY FOUNDATION started donating some of its $70,000 proceeds raised at this year’s annual Sunrise-Sunset Gala. Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland received $10,000 and The Caring Place received $4,500. Representing the two organizations at Thursdays meeting were, from the right, Chelsea Long, resource development, and Reba A. Terry, executive director, both from The Caring Place; and Matt Carlson, executive director from Habitat. Jerry Shannon, on the far right, vice president, represented the Sunrise Foundation board. Banner photo, LUCIE R. WILLSIE
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The first of many donations to come were given out by the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Thursday.

The donations came from money raised at this year’s Sunrise-Sunset Gala, the group’s third such fundraising event.

Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland and The Caring Place were the first two recipients. Habitat received a total of $10,000.

“I’m very excited,” Carlson said. “This check is going to the 100th home (here in Cleveland). This check is a milestone for us. A lot of good work is going on. We can’t do it without groups like Sunrise Rotary.”

According to its website, Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland is a non-profit Christian housing ministry, working in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities for people in need by building and selling houses with zero percent interest loans.

The Caring Place received $4,500.

“We’re honored for the continued support,” said Reba A. Terry, executive director from The Caring Place. According to its website, this organization distributes groceries to families at poverty level or below; gives out ready-to-wear clothing when availability; provides professional social work services; and distributes diapers through the diaperLove program to eligible children and families. “Thank you for helping the disadvantaged in the community.

More will be made periodically donated throughout the year out of the more than $100,000 made at the Gala — a new record.

“I never dreamed we’d be bringing in the amount of money we did,” said Jim Davis, president of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Foundation that oversees the money donations.

Roughly $70,000 was made after expenses, with around $55,000 slated for direct donations and roughly $15,000 set aside for future use. More than $100,000 in donation requests were initially submitted to the group.

Matt Carlson, executive director of the local Habitat organization, told the Rotary group that, over the years, Sunrise has donated $100,000 to its community efforts.

According to Davis, other organizations slated to be helped this year include: a group that helps patients with cancer and other illnesses pay for gasoline to get to and from doctor’s appointments; another group that supplies meals over the weekend for students who may not have enough food to eat when not in school; and another group that helps the children of parents who are incargerated, to name just a few.

“We give to groups with primarily local impact,” Davis said.

In other business:

- Sgt. Ruthie Forgey, the local Salvation Army corps administrator, became Bradley Sunrise Rotary’s newest member, inducted at Thursday’s meeting.

- October is Bradley Sunrise Rotary’s membership drive month. “We encourage the community to visit, said Pat Fuller, Sunrise Rotary president. Anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary, visiting, and/or joining can call Fuller at 244-1000 or Keith Munford, membership chairman, at 463-2224.

- Sunrise Rotary is inviting anyone who wants to join them at the CASA Walk Thursday, Oct. 11, by 7 p.m., on Raider Drive at the Greenway. Anyone, including four-legged friends, are invited to walk. Sunrise has a friendly bet going with the local Kiwanis as to which club can have the most walkers. For more information, call Fuller at 244-1000.

- Tommy Wright, vice president of finance and administration from Cleveland State Community College, is looking for mentors for its Bradley Achieves program. For more information, call 472-7141.

- Rotary will soon be looking for volunteers to be Salvation Army bellringers for the upcoming holiday season.