Posted by Sue Gochis on May 20, 2019
In addition to donating their time and talents to the community through service projects, Sunrise Rotary Club members also give generously out of their pocketbooks!   In 2018, the club raised over $150,000 and gave it all back through the support of various projects, ranging from youth experiences to medical services to environmental initiatives.  Some of the recipients of club funds form last year include the following:
American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Cabrillo College Baseball, Camp Kesem, CASA, Expressivo Orchestra, Harbor High Baseball, Jacob's Heart, Kid Power, LEO's Haven at Chanticleer Park, Music in May, PolioPlus Worldwide Eradication Initiative, Rotacare, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Cruz PTA, Save our Shores, Second Harvest Food Bank, Senderos, High School Scholarships, Shared Adventures, Rotary Foundation, Teen Kitchen Project, Volcanes Sewing School, and Young at Heart -- Music for Seniors.
The club hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year including the Annual Firecracker 10K/5K/Kids 1K, Jon and Ken's Excellent Adventure 3-Day Bike Ride and 1-Day Inclusive Ride, The Largest Gathering of Skiing Rotarians, and the Wine to Water event.  The funds from these special events support both domestic and international Rotary projects including polio eradication, youth adaptive ski programs, clean water for remote villages,  scholarships for local students, youth leadership campus, Student of the Month program, and establishing adaptive playgrounds for children. 
In addition to fundraising, the club conducts local and global service activities throughout the year.  This year a contingent of Sunrise Rotarians lead a water and sanitation project in a remote village in western Uganda and participated in a Hurricane Relief project in Puerto Rico.   Closer to home, service projects include quarterly Adopt-a-Highway cleanups, beach and river levy cleanups, native plant restoration projects, Camp Harmon work days, Project Pajamas, Salvation Army bell ringing, Adopt-a-Family, and hands-on support of various local organizations such as Your Future is Our Business, Second Harvest Food Bank, CASA, Teen Kitchen Project, and the Homeless Services Center.
Sunrise Rotary also sponsors a local Interact club for high school students and a Rotaract club for college students and young professionals providing the tools and structure for them to learn the value and benefits of providing meaningful service to their community.   
It's through the selfless, energetic, and ongoing service attitude  which Sunrise Rotarians adopt in all their activities that has allowed this club to have a major impact on our community and beyond.  If you would like to learn more about the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club, please visit our website ( or contact President Camilla Boolootian at