FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Sunrise Rotary bent over backwards, literally, to donate $2,500 to the Fair Lawn Opportunity Center through its outdoor yoga event.

Nicole Mattina, a Fair Lawn High School teacher and chairperson of the Sunrise Rotary Outdoor Yoga event, said she thought the popularity of outdoor yoga was a perfect, fresh fit for the morning club.

"When I joined Sunrise Rotary in June of 2016, I joined the fundraising committee and wanted to bring something new to the club that would bring together lots of community members of all ages," she said. "Outdoor yoga classes were becoming increasingly popular and I thought it’d be a great way to bring community members together and raise money for a local program. "

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This year, the group raised more than $2,000 which they combined with funds from their President’s project to bring the total donation to $2,500. 

Mattina chaired the event last year and raised money for the Fair Lawn chapter of Stigma Free.

Part of her work at Fair Lawn High School involves preparing students with special needs to be successful as they move toward the next chapter of their lives.

"Having a relationship with Ms. Kaiser and the Opportunity Center is a great way for us to get our students involved in volunteerism by supporting their program and also allows us to give back to a program that serves many of our past students," Mattina said.

The Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary meets weekly 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Juany’s in Fair Lawn. They support the local ADA committee, sponsor food drives, as well as ice cream socials for seniors, plus other charitable events. They are involved in many international causes, as well.

The Opportunity Center provides a year-round day program for adults with developmental disabilities. It is a non-sectarian, private, not-for-profit organization serving Bergen County since 1965

Its mission is to provide a limited number of clients with a superior, life-enhancing program. The program currently serves approximately 25 clients who represent a broad range of mental and physical disabilities including autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.