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The Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise will host their annual holiday dinner and fundraising event Friday at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle.

The theme for this year’s event is “Home for the Holidays” and proceeds from the silent and live auctions will benefit Safe Harbour and Community CARES.

Carlisle’s two Rotary clubs have already raised $7,000 in sponsorships for the “Home for the Holidays” project with a goal to raise $15,000 by the time the auction ends Friday, said Bill Blankmeyer, the fundraising chair for the Rotary auction.

Safe Harbour provides housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families to help them achieve independent living.

“Safe Harbour deeply appreciates the support from the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Carlisle in selecting our organization as one of the recipients of the holiday auction event proceeds,” said Scott K. Shewell, president and CEO of Safe Harbour. “The funds will be used to make much needed repairs and renovations to our James Wilson facility, which provides emergency shelter and permanent housing options to homeless individuals and families.”

Community CARES, formerly Carlisle CARES, was established in 2004 as a mission through the Carlisle United Methodist Church.

Initially CARES housed three or four people during winter months, but now shelters as many as 60 residents each night, year-round. It also provides a resource center where guests can shower, do laundry, receive mail, cook and rest.

“We appreciate the support our community has given to us for almost 15 years,” said Beth Kempf, executive director of Community CARES. “Organizations like the Carlisle Rotary Clubs are indeed the ones who put the ‘care’ in Community CARES.”

Blankmeyer said tax-deductible donations can be made to Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation. Checks should be made out to Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation and mailed to Carlisle Rotary Club, PO Box 301, Carlisle, PA 17013. Questions regarding the auction should be directed to Blankmeyer at 717-590-7229.

“Our annual dinner has become a wonderful way to have a positive impact, either locally or internationally,” said Mary Brunski, president of the Carlisle Rotary Club. “Our past efforts have helped supply clean water to a village in Kenya, helped the Cumberland County Historical Society by providing the funds for benches and water at their new Pocket Park.

“We hope to have a strong impact this year in helping two great organizations be able to do a little more than they can offer right now.”

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