Trials For Hope The Big Winner At Sunrise Rotary Derby Fundraiser

A record of over $36,000 was raised at the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise’s Derby Fundraiser on Friday, May 6.  At the featured race/live auction, $6,700 was donated for the many services to the homeless and needy met by Trials for Hope.  Johnathon Gray, founder of Trials for Hope was a track side guest and told the attendees about T4H and its need for a large refrigerator.  The cost of $2,100 was covered by one lone donor and many more donors followed suit.  Over 160 attendees wandered around the Track to look over the entries, which included a Top Hat Raffle and attractive silent auction items.  They took time to go to the “Club House” for a delicious dinner served by Karen King Catering of Lakewood.

Funds raised at the Derby went to the Club’s Foundation which supports the many community, youth, vocational, and international service projects of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise.  Current projects include a biannual clean-up of Beck Center grounds and gardens, Holiday Food Distribution, Food Pantries, 3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution, Youth Exchange Programs (sending dozens of young men and women to experience other cultures and welcoming dozens of others into our homes and schools), Foster Care birthday bags & school backpacks, Nicaragua Student Supplies, Emergency Shelter Boxes, supporting children’s sight in Ukraine, and more. 

Donations to the Foundation by Club and Community members are encouraged throughout the year by sending a check to the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Foundation at P.O. Box 16684, Rocky River, Ohio, 44116 or donating via the website through PayPal (

To learn more about how you can join with men and women in your area to give back through Rotary Membership and service in your community and internationally, contact –

Larry Faulhaber

Larry Faulhaber is Public Image Committee Chair for Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club

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Volume 18, Issue 11, Posted 12:29 PM, 06.01.2022