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Westport Sunrise Rotary Announces Start of 2017 Charitable Giving

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club's Charitable Giving Committee is now accepting applications for 2017. Last year the Club awarded grants to 31 non-profit organizations directly supporting individuals residing in Westport and surrounding communities from Norwalk to Bridgeport.  Rotary members were actively involved in the programs and activities of each recipient.

"Our members offer their talent, time and resources to assist local social services organizations here and in countries around the world," said Gene Cederbaum, Chair of the Committee and a local attorney. 

"Recipients last year included organizations serving children and young adults, providing housing for the homeless, meeting the transportation needs of seniors, assisting those with learning disabilities, coping with chronic illnesses, recovering from cancer or in recovery following surgery, and those in need of fuel assistance," Cederbaum continued.  Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 are awarded primarily for program needs rather than administrative or overhead expenses. 

Cederbaum added that “increasingly, year after year, non-profits are called upon to assist in so many areas that the need for funding continues to grow. In this environment Sunrise Rotary is, unfortunately, unable to meet the needs of some very deserving organizations.“

To request an application, organizations should e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  They will be directed to a link to the on-line application form and to instructions for its completion. All applications are to be submitted electronically and must be received, with all supporting documentation, by March 10, 2017. Following committee review each applicant will be notified of their award by mid-May.  

For more information about Westport Sunrise Rotary, including membership, please visit the Club's website at westportsunriserotary.com, its Facebook page at facebook.com/Westport-Sunrise-Rotary-Club-195718376196/, or send an e-mail inquiry to Ron Holtz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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