For the past 12 years, the Sonora Sunrise Rotary Foundation, in a partnership with Black Oak Casino Resort, has held a gourmet dinner with local celebrities serving the guests.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event have been dedicated each year to a specific charitable purpose in the community. Although there is no guarantee of a specific level of funding, proceeds have ranged from $15,000 to $31,000. The past 11 events have raised $255,500.

The Sonora Sunrise Rotary is seeking applicants to be named as the recipient of the next dinner, which will be held in April 2020 at the Four Winds Ballroom at the Black Oak Casino Resort Hotel.

Past recipients include the Big Dreams Accessible Park in Tuolumne, the children’s section at the Tuolumne County Library, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the Columbia College Fire Academy.

Applications should be emailed to Christine Daly at and must be received by Sunday, Sept. 15

Past recipients include:

2009 — Children’s Library Renovation, $22,800

2010 — Children’s Library Mural, $24,500

2011 — Children’s Playground at Sunrise Rotary Park, $31,200

2012 — Railtown 1897, $18.600

2013 — ASPIRE, mentoring for at-risk youth with TeenWorks, $16,900

2014 — Big Dreams Accessible Playground, $25,000

2015 — Columbia College Fire Academy, $21,000

2016 — Columbia College fire engine restoration, $30,000

2017 — Bark Beetle Tree Removal, $13,500

2018 — Big Dreams Accessible Playground, $31,000

2019 — Captain Encouragement, $21,000

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