By Sunrise Group on December 12, 2016
Lakeland's Adult Day Center Continues Its Tradition of Giving Back
In the spirit of inspiring even more Americans to increase their charitable giving this holiday season, the Lakeland Sunrise aKtion Club participated in the “Adopt an Angel” project through the Salvation Army. Funds for the gifts were raised by aKtion Club Members via a Pancake Breakfast on November 30, 2016. All the proceeds were used to buy everything on the angel wish list. Thanks to the generosity of Sunrise self-advocates, Christmas morning will be bright for children in Lakeland! We are very proud of our aKtion club for their hard work, warm hearts, and dedication to our community!
By Sunrise Group on December 9, 2016
Compliance Announces the Winners of the 2016 Rap Battle & Mannequin Challenge
Sunrise’s Third Annual Compliance Rap Battle featured the latest trend, the Mannequin Challenge. The Mannequin Challenge is a viral Internet video sensation where people “freeze” like mannequins while a moving camera films them from various angles. Usually the video plays with the song "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd in the background. As with years past, competition from across the Sunrise system was fierce! And while Sunrise’s elusive Mar-yonce did not make an appearance at the Awards Ceremony. MC Extraordinaire, Gee Z closed out the event with a nail-biting Season 3 conclusion to “Entire,” the series. CONGRATS TO ALL SUNRISE TEAMS!!!
By Sunrise Group on December 2, 2016
Sunrise Appreciates Esserman International's Generosity On #GivingTuesday
After watching the progress of the #GivingTuesday movement since its inception in 2012, Sunrise decided to go “all out” in 2016 and we kicked off 15 local initiatives across five of our seven states. Projects ranged from an Early Literacy Library in the Greater Tampa Bay area to sensory integration rooms and assistive technology as well as funds for warm winter clothes for Eastern Tennessee. Unfortunately, fires in the Great Smoky Mountains interrupted three projects in Tennessee on Tuesday as we re-directed efforts to support victims of the natural disaster. That is when Esserman International in Miami swept in with an unexpected donation to Sunrise! Thanks to Esserman's generosity and an online campaign, Sunrise received funds to help with emergency funding. On behalf of all those we serve, our deepest appreciate to Esserman International.
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 29, 2016
#GivingTuesday Starts NOW!!
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Sunrise, our donors, volunteers, families, businesses, and 700,000 donors from 70 countries around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Last year, $116,000,000 was raised during the 24-hour event. It’s a simple idea. Check out all of Sunrise's local initiatives and find the project closest to you, then make a donation today. Join Sunrise and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
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.