Livingston Sunrise Rotary Foundation and the 2024 Community Beneficiaries 

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Welcome to the official website of Livingston County Sunrise Rotary Club's highly-anticipated annual charity gala, "Midnight in the Tropics!" This remarkable event has consistently been a sell-out success, and from 2014 through 2023, the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Foundation (LSRF) has proudly given back nearly $650,000 to non-profit organizations and service providers, with the majority of these funds remaining right here in Livingston County.

For this year's gala, we are thrilled to announce that the Livingston County Sunrise Rotary Club has selected three outstanding local non-profit organizations as beneficiaries: Torch 180, Reaching Higher, and Livingston County Catholic Charities' Youth Substance Abuse Program.

Event Details: 🌴 Date: March 2, 2024 🌴 Time: 5:00 pm 🌴 Venue: Crystal Gardens

If you haven't had the pleasure of attending Midnight in the Tropics in the past, mark your calendars for March 2, 2024, and secure your tickets before they're gone!

Sponsorship opportunities are in high demand, so act fast to be a part of this incredible program that benefits our community.

But that's not all! Did you know there are multiple ways to support Midnight in the Tropics? 

We welcome community support through generous donations such as gift certificates, unique experiences, or other items from our community partners. In previous years, these donations have included dinner and movie packages, exciting weekend excursions, and more. When you contribute to our auction, your business will gain valuable name recognition from our auctioneer and all those in attendance.

Join us in making Midnight in the Tropics 2024 a night to remember while giving back to the community we cherish. Your support and participation mean the world to us, and together, we can make a significant difference in Livingston County.


Elevate your organization's commitment while enjoying a memorable night out by becoming a sponsor of Midnight in the Tropics! Your sponsorship not only showcases your support for our community but also grants you an unforgettable experience.

To secure your sponsorship, simply visit our 'Tickets & Sponsorships' page and conveniently pay online with your credit card. If you prefer alternative payment options or have specific inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us by sending a message to mobrian@me.com.

Join us in making a lasting impact on Livingston County while basking in the tropical ambiance of our gala. Your sponsorship makes a significant difference, and we can't wait to welcome you aboard!

Livingston County Sunrise Rotary Foundation is a Michigan 501(c)3 charitable public foundation. Tax ID #20-2455281. Please consult your tax advisor/accountant to see if a tax deduction applies to you and your business.

Click here to download a printable copy of our 2024 Sponsorship and Beneficiary Information.


Proceeds from Midnight in the Tropics 2024 will benefit the following local charities and the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Foundation: 

Torch 180

The Torch and Torch 180 are two nonprofit organizations that share a building in Fowlerville, MI. The Torch was founded in 2012. Their mission was to get a food truck to take into neighborhoods where there were people with food insecurities and provide free, freshly cooked hot meals. In 2013, we hired a food truck builder in Brown City to build a food truck for The Torch. The food truck was completed and brought to Livingston County in 2014. In 2020, we were able to mobilize and actively share meals and groceries with families whose children and teens were affected by the loss of free and reduced lunches. They partnered with Trader Joe's and we provided over 100,000 free meals. They currently use the food truck and a catering truck to provide free meals and groceries to between 150-200 families who are food insecure on a weekly basis. 

While in food-insecure neighborhoods with the Torch food truck, we met many individuals with disabilities living in poverty. Torch 180 was founded in 2015 as a training facility to train individuals who have disabilities and help them gain employment in the food service industry. There is no other organization with the same mission goals and manner of accomplishing as Torch 180. In 2018, they purchased the former Fowlerville Library and remodeled it into a 4,000-square-foot training facility restaurant that is open to the public.


Reaching Higher

According to a national poll from Mott Children's Hospital, nearly three in four parents think their teen's mental health has suffered since the pandemic began. RH4Youth is needed now more than ever because too many teens today feel isolated, depressed, and hopeless. Many have lost confidence in themselves and feel powerless. So many teens have lost sight of the great potential they have and have lost the motivation to even try.  Reaching Higher restores that confidence and hope through our nine-session personal leadership development program. Reaching Higher also provides both positive adult connections through our instructors and volunteer mentors and lasting peer connections through multiple class sessions where students are able to share openly and honestly with each other.

RH4Youth has helped over 10,000 young people discover the power within themselves to live their lives to the fullest. The positive and powerful impact of the program helps to change the culture of each school for the better. Students completing our program report increased self-confidence, increased motivation, better grades, feeling more connected, and overall more agency over their own lives and positive expectations for the future. We have committed partnerships with 25 schools for the 2021-22 school year with more schools committing to programs for 2022-23. Reaching Higher 4 Youth now includes school assemblies, virtual class offerings, a pilot video series, and in-person after-school programs at our Leadership Lab in Brighton. This school year alone we will directly reach over 600 students.

Livingston County Catholic Charities' Youth Substance Abuse Program

Livingston County Catholic Charities has been serving the Livingston County community by providing quality human and social service programs since 1985. LCCC has consistently grown and expanded its programming to best reflect the needs of the community. Starting with two programs, Livingston County Catholic Charities now has 12 unique programs serving over 3,300 community members each year. The Mission of Livingston County Catholic Charities is the work of the Catholic Church, to share the love of Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

According to DrugAbuseStatistics.org over 50% of teenagers reported misusing a drug at least once. Substance use can have devastating effects on youth such as academic difficulties, health-related issues, mental health struggles, poor peer and familial relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. Livingston County Catholic Charities is committed to actively combating the use and abuse of substances in Livingston County through our Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Youth substance use and abuse is rising each year and early intervention is becoming increasingly critical. The Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program provides innovative programming and events to community youth and families to educate them on the devastating effects of substance use. Local youth are also encouraged and empowered through this program to become leaders in their schools and communities and implement different forms of intervention and education among their peers. On average it is estimated that this program positively impacts over 500 community youth each year.

On behalf of the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Foundation, we would like to thank you for your consideration!


Thank you to our 2024 Premier Event Sponsors!


Thank you to our 2024 Platinum Event Sponsors!


Thank you to our 2024 Diamond Event Sponsors!


Thank you to all our wonderful 2024 Midnight in the Tropics sponsors!