Sunrise Rotary donates $23K to Special Spaces

By KAITLIN GEBBY
Posted 11/17/19

Bradley Sunrise Rotary gifted over $23,000 to Special Spaces of Chattanooga during a recent Rotary meeting, a gift made possible by proceeds from this year's annual gala. Held in August, the …

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Sunrise Rotary donates $23K to Special Spaces

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Bradley Sunrise Rotary gifted over $23,000 to Special Spaces of Chattanooga during a recent Rotary meeting, a gift made possible by proceeds from this year's annual gala. 


Held in August, the annual gala showcases ways in which Rotary clubs support their communities. During this year’s gala, proceeds and donations went to Special Spaces. 


Special Spaces goes into the homes of young cancer patients and works with them to redesign their bedrooms into the space they’ve always dreamed of. Director Pamela Moore said each room is different and presents a new, fun challenge to their team of volunteers. 


After the recent Sunrise Rotary gathering, she recalled a room one patient requested in which everything was hidden in a secret compartment. From a Murphy-style bed to fold-away bookcases, every aspect of his room had its own secret hideaway. 


Another patient requested to transform her room into a cat cafe, Moore said, making her room a special space for her and her cats. 


“It’s about giving them something that’s theirs,” she said. “We try to meet every request we can so they can enjoy their dream space for as long as possible.” 


In total, the club gave $23,750 to Special Spaces. Rotarian Jim Davis said in previous years, the club came away from anywhere between $10,000 to $12,000 from the club's gala, so he was surprised to see that number more than doubled. 


Moore said that the donation made by the Bradley Sunrise Rotary will help fund more than 10 Special Spaces room projects for cancer patients, three of whom are in Bradley County. 


“We were blown away to learn that this much money was raised at the gala,” she said. “It’s sad that we’re getting more and more names everyday. It seems to be an epidemic right now, especially with children.” 


She thanked Bradley Sunrise Rotary again and welcomed them to see any part of the bedroom makeover process for themselves. 

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