(SAVANNAH, GA) Thirteen was a lucky number for the beneficiaries of the 13th annual fundraiser sponsored by the Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club.
“Thanks to our club members, participants and major sponsors including Arizona Chemical, BASF, Cay Insurance, Derst/Flowers Bakery and United Community Bank we had twice as many runners and doubled our fundraising goal!” says Dodie Gay, chair of the recent 10k- 5k run held October 30 at the May Howard Elementary School on Wilmington Island in Savannah, GA.
Although one of the smallest clubs in the area the Sunrise club is known throughout the southeast Rotary district for its accomplishments. The original goal of 100 runners and $5,000 were dwarfed in the final count of proceeds from the event which exceeded nearly $11,000 from around the Coastal Empire and Low Country to benefit three Savannah charities.
The Midtown Community Center, West Broad Street YMCA, and SAFE Shelter plus May Howard Elementary were beneficiaries of the club’s efforts. “The volume of race day walkups was an exceedingly great surprise. We did not mind the need to do a second printing of t-shirts. New draws this year included door prizes, a costume competition, and face painting.
Every members of the Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club were involved in some way with planning and race day activities. With the annual Trick or Trot theme as inspiration, there were special activities including children’s events and educational displays on Rotary’s mission to eradicate polio worldwide, the Medical Equipment Transport Program (METS) initiated by Savannah Sunrise Rotarians, Storm Shelters tents sent for disaster relief worldwide and the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GSRP) which is unique to Georgia for Rotary International.
Other displays included our beneficiaries:
Midtown Community Center was established as a safe haven for the children in their Midtown neighborhood and a place where they could safely do their homework, nurtured and tutored by caring neighbors.
The West Broad Street YMCA houses an early learning program for children 6 weeks to 4 years, a before and after school program, an alternative for expelled middle school age children, afternoon tutorials, a public library, a strong summer program, as well as a variety of enrichment and recreation programs.
SAFE Shelter, established in 1979, is a private non-profit agency dedicated to Savannah area victims of domestic violence and their children.
We are missing contact information for several runners. Those runners yet to pick up their missing a t-shirt may contact President Elect, Dodie Gay at 912-655-6117 or visit