Sunrise Rotary donation recipients

Representing the community groups and charities that received $7,750 in donations from Tracy Sunrise Rotary’s Shrimp Dinner were: front from left, Don Murphy, Hope Haven West; Yauna Throne, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy; Kathy Bergthold, Tracy Seniors Association; Cynthia Tyler, Eric’s Vision; Debra Padaong, the Grand Foundation; Renee Reece, Tracy Interfaith Ministries; and in back, from left, Alex Neicu and Don Higgins, Tracy Police Chaplains; Steve Abercrombie, Eric’s Vision, D.A.R.E. and Brighter Christmas; Ron Pepperman, Tracy Seniors Association; Tim Ng and Dave Thompson, Tracy Hospital Foundation.

Tracy Sunrise Rotary Club distributed $7,750 in donations to 12 community organizations May 29.

The money came from the club’s annual shrimp dinner in February. Most of the recipients received checks for $500, and three received $1,000.

The Grand Foundation will use the donation to support arts programs for children with special needs and seniors at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. The foundation also has a goal of raising $1 million for an endowment.

Eric’s Vision works to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The local organization is named for Eric Scoggins, a former San Francisco 49ers player and a partner with Ronnie Lott at Tracy Toyota, who died from ALS.

Donations make up 70% of Tracy Interfaith Ministries’ operating budget. This wholly volunteer organization has given food and clothing to the needy in Tracy for more than 30 years.

Brighter Christmas not only helps families in the holiday season, through donations of food and toys; it now also helps year-round, including when people need financial help with medical needs.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education teaches kids about the dangers of drug abuse, bullying and other issues, and Tracy’s D.A.R.E. students have also helped create 33 libraries for communities in Africa.

Hope Haven West buys, ships and custom-fits wheelchairs for people in countries where many impoverished people lack access to medical care that would provide them with mobility.

McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter provides a temporary home to people making the transition from homelessness back to employment and self-sufficiency.

Women’s Center-Youth and Family Services provides youth counseling and helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking escape abusive situations through a local shelter.

Tracy Seniors Association specializes in keeping seniors healthy and independent and relies on a network of volunteers to do safety assessments and keep homes safe and comfortable for seniors.

Sunrise Rotary’s $1,000 donation to the Tracy Police Department’s chaplain program will help train three local ministers as new police chaplains. They will provide counseling to officers and victims of crimes and tragedies in the aftermath of a crisis and in the long term.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy received $1,000 to support the club’s summer programs, which continue to serve kids at multiple sites while school is out.

The Tracy Hospital Foundation will put the club’s $1,000 donation toward its stroke care program, aiming to help people recognize the warning signs of a stroke so that the patient can get care as quickly as possible.

Members of clubs in Tracy or Mountain House are invited to share news about their groups. Send email to, call 835-3030 or leave a note at the Tracy Press, 95 W. 11th St., Ste. 101

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