Matt Golden Christmas
The Stockton Sunrise Rotary Club has been hosting a Christmas dinner and party for our Army National Guard who are assigned to the Airport Way armory in Stockton for several years now. We partner with the Northern California Patriot Guard Riders and the Combat Vets Association in this effort.
We provided a Christmas season dinner for the soldiers assigned to the National Guard Armory in Stockton along with their families. Normally over 600 people attend this dinner. We also provide horse carriage rides, a visit with Santa, and toys for their children. Our St Mary's High School Interact students helped with the event as The Rusty Rockers Band providing music and dancing for the soldiers. At the end of the day we take any left over food to the St Mary’s Dining Hall and the few remaining toys to the Child Abuse Council for distribution.It os a marvelous day and a wonderful chance to show our appreciation to the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.
Matthew Golden, a retired Stockton PD officer, came up with this project for us in 2012. He was a captain in the Patriot Guard Riders organization and he wanted to do something for our troops at the holidays. Normally the troops have little to no celebrations together over the Christmas season. He and our club approached the National Guard and sadly learned that we were the first and only civilian organization to ever offer to do anything for them. After the first event Matt Golden became a Rotarian.
Matt passed away from cancer in 2015 so we have named this Project the Matt Golden Christmas Contact event in his honor.
Rotary Pins,Community Wins
Our club holds a yearly bowling fundraiser to raise money for local charities. We have prizes for the best dress teams, raffles, balloon pops, silent auctions, food and more!
But most of all we have fun as we raise funds to make our community better!