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By Niles Dookie on November 22, 2019

A Thanksgiving Dinner Among Friends

The Wauchula United Methodist Church brings the community together over an evening of food and friendship

By Niles Dookie on November 19, 2019

Demonstrate a Giving Spirit

November 21st is Give Miami Day!

By Niles Dookie on October 10, 2019

Bring Your Appetite

Roadhouse Promotions Presents the Southwest Florida Food Truck Nationals! Nov. 2nd at JetBlue Park

By Niles Dookie on August 12, 2019

Raise a Glass in Support!

Sunrise’s 3rd Annual Sundown Soirée is just around the corner. Get your tickets today!

By Niles Dookie on March 26, 2019

Ride into Spring

Roadhouse Automotive is back to welcome in the new season!

By Niles Dookie on November 19, 2018

It’s Time for a Roadtrip to the Past!

Start revving your engines for a day of family fun!

By Niles Dookie on May 15, 2018

Join us for some Family Fun on Sweetwater Abilities Awareness Day!

Join us at the Jorge Mas Canosa Center for some family fun Saturday, May 19th!

By Niles Dookie on April 19, 2018

Let’s Yap About Y.A.P.P!

Give Day Tampa Bay has begun! Start giving today to show your support for our Young Adventurers over at UCP of Tampa Bay!

By Niles Dookie on March 26, 2018

Join UCP of Southwest Florida for a Classic Car show!

Saturday, March 31st come out to Jet Blue park to enjoy a day of classic cars, good food, and a chance to support a great cause!

By Niles Dookie on March 21, 2018

Interview with an Artist: John Bauer

Get to learn more about the eclectic and charismatic John Bauer, the incredible artist who will be painting live at the 2018 Sunrise Spring Art Show on March 31st!

By Franz Weibezahn on February 22, 2018

Join Us This Weekend at Arts in the Park!

This Saturday is the Neighbors of Schenley Park “Arts in the Park” event, a free-to-attend celebration of the artistic talents right here in our community. There will be food, music, special performances and more.

By Margaret Feldman on November 13, 2017

Sunrise Community partners with Hyatt Place in Doral, Miami

The newly-renovated Hyatt Place in West Doral will host a "Re-launch" celebration on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm and extend through 9:00 pm. Come join the celebration at the Hyatt Place located at 3655 NW, 82nd Avenue in Doral, Florida and enjoy complimentary culinary delights, cool beverages, music and much more.

By Margaret Feldman on November 7, 2017

SAVE THE DATE - Give Miami Day 2017 - Thursday, November 16th

On Thursday, November 16th, the Miami Foundation will host its annual 24-hour on-line fundraising event for the benefit of the community at large. More than 600 non-profit organizations that provide much-needed services in Miami-Dade County will be asking for your financial support. Sunrise Community is, once again, participating in this exciting event and this year, more than ever, your support is needed to reach our goal.

By Rebecca McGuire on April 5, 2017

Life without Limits 5 K in Connection

Mark your calendars -- lace up your sneakers -- register to run

By Sunrise Group on January 23, 2017

Tampa's Table To Farm Benefit Postponed

Sunrise Community of Hillsborough's Table to Farm Fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, January 29, 2017 has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstance. While it is not the blizzard of 1977, this weekend Tampa is expecting rain, wind and temperatures dropping into the 50's. To ensure a better outdoor dining experience, the event will be re-scheduled for April or May in coordination with The Craft Bar Kitchen and Old Micky's Farm. And for all of our foodies, the Chef has assured us that new date will still offer a culinary experience like no other! Hope to see you there.

By Sunrise Group on January 12, 2017

UCP of Southwest Florida's Second Annual Car Show Is Coming To Fort Myers

If you missed United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida's Car Show last summer, you will want to clear March 18th and 19th on your 2017 calendar for Southwest Florida's ONLY car show and classic car auction! Weekend festivities kick off at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18th and run through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th, 2017. Hosted by Road House Promotions, awards include $3,500 for club participation. As always, active military and children under 12 will be admitted free. Proceeds from the two day celebration of "everything auto" will benefit adults with intellectual and physical challenges in Fort Myers and Cape Coral. Hope to see you there!

By Sunrise Group on January 11, 2017

Save-the-Date: Sunday, January 29th Farm To Table Will Benefit Sunrise

Save-the-Date! Sunday, January 29th 2017, Farm To Table will host a fundraiser in Tampa benefiting Sunrise Community of Hillsborough. If your New Year's Resolution was to eat healthier, get more involved in your local community or you are just a foodie that appreciates well-prepared food, then this is for you! Tickets are $75 per person and a portion of the event's proceeds will go back to Sunrise Community of Hillsborough's Knight Group Home for Adults.

By Sunrise Group on December 1, 2016

Inclusive Voices: The Warm Glow of Holiday Lights

While the winter holidays invoke warm memories of a traditional "White Christmas" for millions of people across America, for individuals with mobility limitations getting around on icy sidewalks and trying to get over the snow banks "to grandmother's house" are more of a challenge. That does not mean that people with disabilities have not established their own warm holiday traditions. Self-advocate and blogger, Hector Leonardo, shares his South Florida traditions to help us kick off a month of inclusive celebrations.

By Sunrise Group on November 28, 2016

And So It Begins.... Compliance Week 2016!

And aspiring rappers from large cities, small towns, villages and the like, with their hands gripped tight on the mic, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without auto-tune. It came without bass. It came without fly-girls, a crew or a mask on the face. They puzzled and puzzled 'till the rappers' puzzlers were sore. Then the Sunrise rappers thought of something they hadn't before. What if Compliance Week, they thought, doesn't come from a hook. What if Compliance Week, perhaps, is more than a cool look. So, they wrote and they wrote and they wrote lyric all day "To Provide, To Protect & To Prevent" is the Sunrise way.

By Sunrise Group on November 22, 2016

COUNTDOWN To #GIvingTuesday: Global Day of Giving Takes Place this Year on November 29

Less than a week until #GivingTuesday kicks off on November 29th! ​Sunrise is planning a series of local initiatives. No matter where you are, there will be a project in your local community to touch the lives of those we serve. Local goals include everything from the latest in assistive technology to an Early Education library for our preschool in Tampa. As we head into the holiday season remember the words of Charles Dickens, "“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” On behalf of those we serve and our staff, Sunrise thanks you in advance for your generosity and support!

By Sunrise Group on November 1, 2016

#GiveMiamiDay 2016: Help Us Reach 25 Homes

For those who may have missed the buzzed, Give Miami’s main objective remains helping local individuals, families and corporations connect with like-minded donors who share commitments to specific causes and organizations. Give Miami provides the transparency donors need to make the kind of decisions that turn a simple act of giving into a wise investment. As one of the inaugural participating charities, Sunrise is very proud to join in the fifth annual event. Please support us early… donations will be accepted at the strike of midnight on November 17, 2016 and will only be accepted for 24 hours. What’s more…donations will be matched between $25 and $10,000 by The Miami Foundation and its partners. Help Sunrise "Keep Them Covered."

By Sunrise Group on September 12, 2016

Sunrise Kicks-Off A Week of Celebration Recognizing Our DSPs!

Get ready to celebrate Direct Support Professional Week from September 11 -17, 2016. Our DSP’s are the heart and soul of the organization and define the agency’s quality in every personal interaction they have each day. Their dedication to the people we support drives our success This week marks the celebration and recognition of the wonderful care and love provided by those in service in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. We are proud of you and the work you do. Thank you!

By Sunrise Group on July 26, 2016

Phi Gamma Delta Raised $3.5K for UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples

This past Saturday, Phi Gamma Delta hosted its First Annual Car Show benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Naples. The family friendly event featured antiques, exotics and street racers. The done-in-a-day event focused on “driving up” awareness about community inclusion for people with disabilities and educating the general public about services for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Naples residents and visitors enjoyed at day the Naples Jet Center in Hangar 6 with car enthusiasts who like to give back to others in the Naples area. The inaugural event raised $3,500.00 for UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples.

By Sunrise Group on July 25, 2016

Sunrise Supports Project VOTE

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, People First of South Florida (Dade and Broward Chapters), Abilities Venti, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and Disability Rights Florida hosted “Project Vote” in South Florida. The event kicked off at the North Dade Regional Library at 10 am and ran through 5 pm in Miami Gardens. Sunrise self-advocates were represented by George Carrasco (who is also the Presidential Advisor of the People First of South Florida South Dade Chapter) and Linda Angress, from Sunrise Social Services. Project Vote is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded on the belief that an organized, diverse electorate is the key to a better America. Project Vote’s mission is to build an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of this nation’s citizenry, and to ensure that every eligible citizen can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts. American democracy is always a work in progress. Make your voice heard… and vote this election cycle!

By Sunrise Group on July 15, 2016

UCP of Tampa Bay Celebrates National Summer Learning Week!

UCP of Tampa Bay would like to thank United Way Suncoast and Bess the Bus for their ongoing support in helping UCP ensure that our students have access to high-quality summer learning experiences during National Summer Learning Week! United Way’s Summer Care initiative ensures that children and families of all abilities have access to quality, education enriched summer child care. In addition, our students are a part of the 166 children who received individual tutoring through United Way Suncoast. Of those, 96% had no summer learning loss! Thank you United Way and Bess the Bus!!!

By Sunrise Group on July 14, 2016

REMINDER: One Week Away From the UCP Naples Car Show!

The unique car show is scheduled for Saturday July 23, 2016 at the Naples Jet Center which is located at 377 Citation Point, Naples, FL 34104. There will be three (3) categories for show: modified, antiques and exotics. The goal of the event is to raise money to assist people with disabilities in the Naples area. With your help and support from the local media, we can make a difference in the lives of children and families. All of our work focuses around helping families and doing what we love. We hope that you will join us in our adventure and help us help children and adult with disabilities. See you there!

By Sunrise Group on July 8, 2016

Coral Gables PALS "Giving Back" & Learning About South Florida Fauna

Coral Gables PALS have been loyal, dedicated volunteers on Sunrise beautification projects since 2012. They have contributed time, labor and skills to various Sunrise locations throughout Miami-Dade county from Miami Beach down to Homestead. In addition to our mission, Sunrise volunteers keep coming back because they learn a lot while giving back to their local community. No project was too big or too small for this dedicated team of volunteers. The end results of their work was breath-taking! Check out their photo album.

By Sunrise Group on July 1, 2016

It’s Official… Sunrise Bids Aloha to Its President of 40 Years

It’s official … Les Leech has left the building! President & CEO, Les Leech bid farewell to colleagues, peers, staff, public officials, and many of those served by the agency at his retirement party held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Vista Lago Ballroom in Miami. It was a night filled with nostalgia, laughs (a few at the expense of the outgoing president himself) and awards for a lifetime of service. The night was a fitting closure to a remarkable career of 40 years of continuous service to Sunrise and the greater disabilities community.

By Sunrise Group on June 24, 2016

RIVA Embraces the Power of Zumba!

You may have heard of the fitness craze called Zumba. It is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music. It is a fun and simple exercise that helps people, including those with intellectual and physical disabilities, maintain a positive attitude and take charge of their health. Resources for Independence of Virginia launched a summer FUN-ercise program for the ladies living in the Hillview group home. The Zumba pilot initiative also includes friends of the Hillview residents — sticking to any exercise program is always easier with a “workout buddy”, right?! This is GREAT news for those we serve as well as our staff and caregivers! Keep checking in often to see RIVA’s progress over the summer. Remember, everyone is welcome to the inclusive class

By Sunrise Group on June 20, 2016

Naples: Sponsorship Opportunity for UCP of Southwest Florida’s Inaugural Car Show

Phi Gamma Delta FIJI, United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida and Sunrise Community, Inc. would like to request your support and/or sponsorship for our inaugural charity car show. UCP of Southwest Florida provides services to people with intellectual and physical disabilities in Collier county. Please help us make this THE car event of the year for Naples Florida. The unique car show is scheduled for Saturday July 23, 2016 at the Naples Municipal Airport, which is located at 160 Aviation Drive North Naples, FL 34103. There are still sponsorship opportunities available! Hope to see you there…

By Sunrise Group on June 15, 2016

Thank you to all Sunrise #Volunteers!

Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve. At Sunrise locations from Homestead to Hartford, much of what we do is accomplished with the help of dedicated volunteers who provide service hours, donations and labor to help ensure that people with developmental disabilities live valued lives in the community. Thank you for all you do!

By Sunrise Group on June 13, 2016

6th Annual UCP Hartford 5K Race: Wheelchairs Are Made For Racing

Wow! Another great Walk, Roll ‘n’ Run has passed, and once again, UCP of Greater Hartford was delighted with the turnout and support for people with developmental disabilities. We wish to extend a special “thank you” to all the employees and other volunteers who served on the planning committee, volunteered to help at the event, and who formed team, joined teams, and did fundraising. We extend our deepest appreciation to this year’s sponors: Cigna; Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell, & Beck, Harvey & Lewis Opticians, Medical Pharmacy, and Lessard Heating & AC ffor helping to make this event possible.

By Sunrise Group on June 10, 2016

Sunrise Community of Central Florida Celebrates Employee Appreciation Week

Sunrise Community of Central Florida celebrated Employee Appreciation Day with an “All the Pieces Fit When We Work Together” theme. Executive Director, Ashley Green, recognized employees in various Central Florida location for excellence and dedicated service helping individuals with cognitive and physical challenges stay connected to their families and the local community. The week long celebration helped to raise awareness about the positive impact that publicly-funded long term supports and services for Florida’s families have … as well as the benefit of bringing greater diversity and enrichment to the area. Everyone was a winner!

By Sunrise Group on May 13, 2016

Happy Friday 13th! … Sunrise Community of Maryland is #Fearless at the State Convention

Arc Maryland’s 2016 State Convention kicked off on the morning of Friday the 13th and Sunrise Community of Maryland’s Executive Director, Norma Israel, joined the #BeFearless Campaign. Arc of Maryland chose this year’s theme, #BeFearless, because they believe that fearless people support each other. Without question, cooperation and collaboration are vital for self-advocates and their families to make changes in the system and the communities where they live. Representing Sunrise’s dedicated employees and the services we provide in Maryland, Norma provided educational outreach to attendees and their families from the floor of the exhibition hall. A longtime advocate and professional service provider, she truly is a fearless leader!

By Sunrise Group on May 10, 2016

Countdown to Tallahassee’s 20th Annual UCP 5K!

The countdown is well under and we are less than a week away from UCP of Tallahassee’s 20th Annual Run, Walk or Roll 5K benefitting Sunrise Community, Inc.. Event organizer, Rebecca Hurst said, “We are very excited about this year’s event. and online registration is still open. The platinum anniversary event has been described “An Inclusive Fun Run” where people of all abilities, all ages, and all fitness levels can come out and have fun while helping to raise money for a great cause! If you and your family have not yet registered to attend the event and/or participate in the competitive fun, it is not too late. See you on Saturday, May 14th in Tally!

By Sunrise Group on May 8, 2016

Inclusive Voices: Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8th was the official 2016 Celebration of Mother’s Day, but at Sunrise we celebrate moms. We are honored to know and serve the families of extraordinary mothers of adults and children with developmental disabilities as well as all the working moms on our staff who help us achieve the Sunrise mission. While not all biological mothers, many amazing women have stepped into the lives of others with compassion, generosity and an open heart to provide guidance, support and love to individuals in need. Thank you. Merci. Gracias. Danke. Arigato. Spacibo …. read more about one self-advocate’s tribute to her mother.

By Sunrise Group on April 28, 2016

Save-the-Date: UCP of Tallahassee’s 20th Annual Walk, Roll or Run is May 14th!

Spring is in the air…. and summer is just around the corner. You know what that means? Running season!!! That’s right, United Cerebral Palsy of Tallahassee is hosting its 20th Annual 5K Run, Walk & Roll on May 14, 2016. All proceeds stay in Tallahassee to further our mission which is to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities. Walkers, runners, teams, and individuals of all ages and capabilities are welcome. This unique event allows participants to push a wheelchair or stroller……fun for the whole family!

By Sunrise Group on April 15, 2016

Representative Matt Hudson Serves As Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual “Celebrating The Stars”

One of Florida’s Legislative Champions for People with Disabilities and Keynote Speaker Representative Matt Hudson (R-80) addressed attendees at the United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida – Naples’ 8th Annual “Celebrating the Stars” awards dinner. Hudson has demonstrated his hands-on engagement and personal commitment to children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities for more than a decade. He was first introduced to United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida via his involvement with the Boundless playground in 2007. “Since his first involvement, Representative Hudson has been a champion for the rights of people with disabilities including protecting accessibility for public places like playgrounds as well as expanding services and addressing Florida’s Wait List for children with disabilities. We are honored to have him join as keynote speaker tonight,” said Rebecca McGuire, Chief Philanthropy Officer.

By Sunrise Group on March 21, 2016

CBS4’s Ted Scouten To Emcee Sunrise’s 10th Annual Magnolia Gala

Sunrise announced that CBS4’s Ted Scouten will Emcee the festivities at its upcoming 10th Annual Magnolia Gala. “We are so pleased continue our working partnership with CBS4’s talent pool. We believe that Ted’s personal connection to the greater disabilities community is perfectly aligned with Sunrise’s mission,” said Les Leech, Sunrise President & CEO. Scouten is the youngest of five adopted children, the oldest two of which are developmentally disabled. As a sibling, Ted is a strong advocate for adoption, diversity and for the inclusion of people with intellectual and physical disabilities. ” This makes him the perfect emcee for a night celebrating people of all abilities… plus, he is a lot of fun!” added Leech. Get your tickets early!

By Sunrise Group on February 24, 2016

#Save-The-Date: Chocolate Sundae & Food Festival on March 13th in Sarasota

United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida is hosting it's 15th Annual Chocolate Sundae & Food Festival on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Proceeds from this event benefit the programs and services UCP offers to the developmentally disabled in Sarasota and Manatee counties through group homes and day programs. Over 1000 people attended last year and enjoyed samples of beer, wine, pizza, sandwiches, seafood, desserts and OF COURSE....CHOCOLATE for one low ticket price that benefits UCP! March is also Cerebral Palsy Awareness month so bring the ENTIRE family and help bring awareness to this worthwhile cause.

By Sunrise Group on January 20, 2016

Sunrise Celebrates IDOA! #WearYourHeartOnYourSleeve

With an estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide, equal inclusion in the community should seem like a natural part of daily life. Unfortunately, many people still face barriers and do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation. It is important to focus on the ability and not on the disability of an individual. The first step is acceptance of the fact that disabilities are in deed a natural part of life. A disability may impact any person from and background at any stage in their life. People will disabilities still make contributions and should enjoy active participation in any community. Join Sunrise in celebrating acceptance and IDOA!

By Sunrise Group on January 6, 2016

Save-the-Date & Buy Your Tickets Now!!! … Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Set for February 19-21, 2016

One of the more eclectic festivals in Florida is back for another exciting event as the Sarasota’s Exotic Car Festival celebrates beauty, power and speed. Car enthusiasts, exotic car owners and adrenaline-jockeys with a “need for speed” are counting down the minutes until Southwest Florida’s signature luxury automobile event opens. For the fourth year, the 2016 Festival will benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The 2016 event will kick-off with a Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception on Friday, February 19th and runs through Sunday, February 21, 2016.