Improving Lives

Funds raised by the Croquet Tournament are donated to the club's IRS 501 c(3) tax qualified foundation which uses the funds to support local and international causes.

Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Appliance Program
The Bellevue Sunrise Rotary, recognizing its commitment to the ideal of service to others in our community, established the
Appliance Program in 2017 to support families in need. The program serves local families in Bellevue and Renton who cannot
afford to replace a broken appliance — whether that be a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc

Member Rod Kirkwood, working with local organizations, identifies and screens candidate families. Bellevue Sunrise Rotary supplies
the funds to its business partner, Renton’s King & Bunny's Appliances, to purchase the appliances at their cost. Then King & Bunny's
provides the manpower to remove the non-functioning appliances, followed by the installation of new ones. 

To date 102 appliances have been placed, each at a cost of around $550, with families in need across Renton and Bellevue.
They helped families of all kinds, from a widow who lost her husband and was unable to keep up with getting things fixed in her home, 
to a single mother of three who couldn't afford to fix the family stove — confining family cooking to an outdoor barbecue. 

"For all of us involved in this project it is deeply gratifying to witness the immediate positive impact these appliances have on the lives of
those in need in our local community”, according to Bellevue Sunrise President Greg Piantanida.  “Our goal is to make this a perpetual
program, one that serves our neighbors next year and beyond”.

Grants for August 2018 - July 2019
Backpack Meals for Kids Working to eliminate the tragedy of weekend hunger for students in Bellevue schools.
Eastside Bulldogs Junior College Football Provides collegiate athletes the opportunity to develop on the field and in the classroom through our player development programs,
community service and partnerships and on field training.
Renton Schools Foundation  Bridging the gap between inadequate state and federal funding and the cost of high-quality learning opportunities for every child, every day in every classroom.
Coal Creek Family YMCA Nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, giving back, and supporting our neighbors in your community.
Construction Industry Training Council A state-licensed, vocational trade school for the construction industry offering training throughout Washington State.
Rotary First Harvest  Bringing valuable skills and resources into hunger relief efforts in communities across Washington state and beyond.