Posted by Bill Harkey on Jan 10, 2019

The goal was $15,000.  The final tally was over $16,000.

The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise held their annual holiday dinner and fundraising event on Friday, December 7th at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle. The theme was “Home for the Holidays,” and proceeds will benefit Safe Harbour and Community CARES.
At the end of the evening, between sponsorships and silent and live auctions, the event raised just over $16,100. 
Rotarians Brad Griffie, Board President of Community CARES, and Scott Shewell, President & CEO, Safe Harbour, briefed attendees at the dinner on the current needs of both organizations and exactly how the money would be spent.  Shewell told how a recent plumbing repair in the Safe Harbour building cost the organization over $3,000.  Griffie spoke of CARES partnerships with local churches to provide sleeping space – on mats on the floor -- for homeless guests, including mothers and children.  Both expressed deep gratitude to the Rotary Clubs for their generous support.
Rotarian Bill Blankmeyer thanked the over 30 local and regional businesses for their generous donations and sponsorships for the evening and encouraged attendees to patronize those businesses and thank them for their continued support.  “Our success depends on the generosity of our businesses and sponsors.   We couldn’t do this without them,” Blankmeyer said.
Picture Caption: Rotary Clubs present check.  L to R:  Fred Gellert, President, Rotary Club of Carlisle Sunrise; Brad Griffie, Board President, Community CARES; Beth Kempf, Executive Director, Community Cares; Scott Shewell, President & CEO, Safe Harbour; Mary Brunski, President, Rotary Club of Carlisle.