Lighting—and leading—the way

Consider the sun and all that we love about it. It brings light. Warmth. Optimism. And more than anything, it brings certainty. It will rise tomorrow.

All of those characteristics make the sun the perfect symbol for our annual giving society. The Sunrise Circle is a group of individuals, organizations and foundations who lead the way in supporting Mary Cariola so we can continue our work to provide education, life skills and residential programs for children and youth with complex disabilities.

Your support through the Sunrise Circle will benefit the We Will Shine campaign and help us accomplish the important goals of caring for our community’s most special children and their families.

With annual gifts of $15,000 or more, leaders help secure evidence based quality services in school and residences, enhancing their lives. Visionary investments can also support as many as 15 students to receive Music therapy.
The impact of gifts of $10,000 could provide speech technology tools or children’s OT/PT equipment to increase muscle strength, energy duration and coordination. It could also be used to increase specialized equipment for the Vision therapy department, as nearly 70% of the students at Mary Cariola have some form of vision impairment.
Gifts of $5,000 or more could provide teachers with licenses to access the Unique Learning System, an online standards-based set of interactive tools specifically designed to help teachers to translate the state required common core curriculum for students with special needs.
Professional development is crucial for the staff at Mary Cariola. A gift of $2,500 could provide educational training for a teacher, physical therapist or occupational therapist keeping them current with new techniques that help our youth reach their full potential.
The annual impact of a gift of $1,000 could supply the in-house workshop with the materials needed to adapt specialized equipment to meet a specific child’s needs.

To become a member or to renew your membership in the Sunrise Circle, please call 271-2897 extension 1662.

Benefactor Level Giving Amount Per Year Total Gift
Visionary $15,000+ $45,000+
Founder $10,000 - $14,999 $30,000 - $44,999
Mentor $5,000 - $9,999 $15,000 - $29,999
Teacher $2,500 - $4,999 $7,500 - $14,999
Friend $1,000 - $2,499 $3,000 - $8,499