About Us

Benefiting Sunrise Community of Central Florida.

Our son Michael had a dream. That dream was to live an independent, meaningful life.
Like every other young adult, he wanted to live and work in the community. He wanted a place of his own, friends, a decent job, and to know the thrill of driving a car. Michael wanted choices. Choices that you and I take for granted.

Unfortunately, due to a rare metabolic disorder, our son’s life was cut short on September 17, 2008. I woke the following morning to an empty wheelchair and a broken heart. What I’ve learned over the last few years is that too many parents are waking each day with that same heartache. They anxiously struggle to somehow balance their child’s disability with the right to live, work, and recreate in the community. In short, the resources to assist them simply aren’t there.

I’m asking for your support so that we can create more choices for those individuals right here in Central Florida. Why here? Why now? The answer is simple. On almost a weekly basis, I receive a call from a frantic mother who is wondering what will happen to her child when she is no longer able to provide the necessary care. I am proud to say, that I can now offer those parents a solution.  That solution is Sunrise Community of Central Florida.

In August, 2011, we opened our first group home for people with disabilities under the auspices of Sunrise Community, Inc. The Walden Pond home, however, is nearly full, and there are many people with disabilities still in need.

Please join us in creating meaningful opportunities for people with disabilities in Central Florida. Sunrise Community is a not-for-profit organization that has provided residential and community-based services to people with disabilities for over 45 years. I am honored to help them further their mission right here in our own community.

It is with this mission in mind that I ask you join us at the first annual Best Stressed Woman™ Tea and Fashion Show to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Leu Gardens in Orlando, from 11:00 – 1:30 pm.

Proceeds from this event will offset the many budgetary cuts that Sunrise has experienced over the past several years. In order to secure community-based choices for our residents, we need to ensure that our options for transportation, recreational activities, and companion services are protected. As a national organization with a solid infrastructure, Sunrise Community knows how to maintain a standard of excellence. However, I firmly believe that it’s up to us as a community-of-care to help take care of our own.

Please visit www.sunrisegroup.org to learn more about this organization who works so hard to make the dream of independence and choice a reality for people with disabilities.

As the Co-Chair of this event, I will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact me at 407.333.0224 or via email at Sharon@SharonSpano.com or Co-Chair Catherine Poole.