Club News

Photo Contest - 05/22/2018
Thank you to everyone who participated in our photo contest! Congratulations to our winners!! First place - Jake from Freehold Second - Peter from Point Pleasant Third - Joan from Uganda, Africa Checkout the photos on our Facebook page

Blood Drive - 05/22/2018

Thank you to everyone who helped make our blood drive a success! With your help we provided more than 36 pints of blood to the American Red Cross. Donating blood is an easy way to help your community and help save lives. 

Monmouth Junction Student Preisha Agarwal, 12, Wins Sunrise Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest With Powerful Presentation on Optimism - 04/14/2018

Preisha Agarwal, a 12-year-old student from Monmouth Junction, has been announced as the first place winner of the Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold’s 2018 Oratorical Contest.   Agarwal was handpicked by a select group of judges for her extraordinary presentation entitled “Where Are My Roots of Optimism,” talking about optimism being passed down from generation to generation in one’s family. The piece included statements about the importance of optimism in society and in one own’s life, whether when spending time with friends and family, or uring activities, which necessitate having a positive mindset.


Guest Speaker from Freehold First Aid - 02/23/2018
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Bill Madden has been a volunteer with Freehold First Aid for more than 45 years.  He shared some of the squads history with our club members.  Bill also shared some of the struggles they face raising funds and recruiting voluteers.  Please consider sending a donation to support your local, all volunteer First Aid Squad.  

Foundation Grant to the CentraState Health Awareness Center - 01/05/2018
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The Sunrise Optimist Club and Foundation of Freehold are proud to support the CentraState Health Awareness Center.  The Health Awareness Center provides health education to children and families in our community.  

Guest Speakers - 12/15/2017
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Dawn Doherty, Executive Director of The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, was our guest speaker.  Dawn shared valuable information about the Not-for-Profit organization and what they are doing to suport our community. 


Sunrise Optimist Club Recognizes National Junior Honor Society - 07/25/2017
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The Sunrise #Optimist Club of Freehold was proud to recognize the students who earned a spot in the National Junior Honor Society. NJHS honors students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership,character, and citizenship. Our club provided pizza and bagels to the students at their first NHS meeting at Eisenhower and Barkalow Middle Schools.

2017 Kylie Pinheiro Hot Shot Basketball Tournament - 04/02/2017
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We would like to thank all of the participants and volunteers who made this event a success!  Congratulations to all of the winners!  Additional photos can be found on our PHOTOS page.  We would also like to thank the YMCA of Western Monmouth County for hosting our event again this year! 

Hope to see you and your friends at next year's tournament!  Funds raised at this event benefit MADD of NJ.




Congratulations to Sammy Shapiro who advanced to the District Level of the Oratorical Contest!  Sammy earned a $500 scholarship for his Essay on the topic:  What the World Gains from Optimism. 

4th Annual Stock Market Picking Contest - 01/19/2017
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Congratulations to our top 3 teams in the Stock Market Challenge!  The top team earned an 11% return on their portfolio during the 6 week program.  Thank you to Dr. Brian Furie for leading this event and to all of the Optimist volunteers for helping make it a success!   Additional photo available on our Photo page