Enhancing opportunities for youth has always been at the top of the list for all Rotary members.  This is especially evident when   you look at the top three organizations to receive grants from the first $1 million the Rotary raised. The Hudson School District   has received over $220,000; YMCA has received over $120,000; and Youth Action Hudson has received over $50,000.  In addition   to the many great local causes supported by Daybreak, the organization has aided global projects like Polio Plus, Shelterbox, and   Guatemala Clean Stove Project, amongst many others. 
 
 “Every May our club hits another gear as we kick off the Car Raffle. As proud as I am of the club, I am even prouder to be a   resident of a community that puts such a large emphasis on helping others.  Without the support from great businesses and   community members, we wouldn’t be able to commit thousands of dollars in advance of the raffle each year to such great   causes,” said Chris Wood, Car Raffle Team Leader for Hudson Daybreak Rotary.
 
Car Raffle is a Community Success
Although the Daybreak Club has many successful fundraisers, it is fitting that the Car Raffle is the catalyst to kicking off the Club’s goal of hitting its next million.  Each year the Car Raffle begins in mid-May with the winner be drawn at the Pepperfest Festival in August.  Since the Car Raffle’s beginning in 2005, the program generated over $321,000 for various non-profits in the Hudson Community.  The Car Raffle has become the area’s symbol of summer, and it is nearly impossible to spend the summer in the Hudson Area and not come across the shiny red Ford Mustang. 
 
What truly makes the Car Raffle so successful is the support from the entire Hudson Community. One of the top goals every year is to identify the recipients of the car raffle funds before we sell our first ticket.   So many local businesses step up and support this great effort to enable the Daybreak Club to commit in advance each year where the money is to be donated.  This year $5,700 has been committed to the River Crest Elementary in conjunction with River Crest PTO for the outdoor classroom project.  An additional $4,200 has already been committed to the Girls Youth Softball Field Updates.     
 
Without the partnership with the team at Hudson Ford this great fundraiser would not be possible.  Every May, Connie Schmidt and the entire team at Hudson Ford have the Mustang ready and help promote throughout the entire raffle season.  In addition to helping Daybreak Rotary fund the car, they also loan trucks, so the Club can pull the car in parades throughout the region. 
 
One of the most frequent areas to find the Mustang is with the Club’s partners and friends at County Market.  Many nights and weekends, the community can visit members of the Daybreak Rotary Club who are outside selling tickets.  The team at County Market goes above and beyond as their staff continually sells tickets at the customer service desk throughout the season even when Rotary members cannot be present outside the store.  Over the years their team has sold thousands of dollars in tickets. Daybreak is blessed to have many great partners in this project, in the end none of this would be possible if it wasn't for our great partners at Hudson Ford. 
 
“At Hudson Ford we are always looking for ways to improve the community. Partnering with the Daybreak Rotary Club over the years is one way in which we can immediately partner with community leaders to make the lives better for children in the region,” said Connie Schmit, Global Controller at Hudson Ford.