The City of Indio has become the place for the greatest tamales in the world. This annual event has grown to a two day festival located in "old town" surrounding Miles Avenue.
The City and the Tamale Festival Committee allow Indio Sunrise Rotary to maintain a parking lot and the proceeds are used for club charities.
The 1997 event brought over 35,000 visitors to the City of Indio.
June/July 2006 Indio Sunrise was able to sell fireworks for the 4th of July celebration. This is the largest fundraiser in club history. An excellent source of funds but requiring intensive participation for 10 days, 24 hours a day.
Beginning in 1999 our club assisted Wilson Middle School with various projects, P.R.I.D.E. and their “Law Magnet Grant” which provides introductions to various Law Enforcement Careers. This project is supported by private Attorneys, County of Riverside Courts and Staff, the California Highway Patrol, Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Probation Department and the Indio Police Department and may “retired” Judges, Lawyers and Police Officers.
2006 a joint project with Indio Rotary and Indio Sunrise Rotary provided dictionaries for all third grade students in the Desert Sands Unified School District.
Librarian, Alba Hennigan, Rotarian Joe Daily
Rotarian and photographer Lee Ellis reads to children.
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