Started in 1945 by the Rotary Club of Buffalo, Sunshine Day is now an annual event for many other Rotary clubs throughout Western New York. It’s held annually on the second Thursday of July, at Cradle Beach Camp on Old Lakeshore Road in Angola. In 2007 the club dedicated Rotary Field for baseball at Cradle Beach.
We encourage the public to join us for Sunshine Day (contact the Rotary office at 716-854-3397).
Many of the children at Cradle Beach have disabilities that prevent them from going to amusement parks, but on Sunshine Day they enjoy candy, snow cones, facepainting, clowns, ring toss and basketball hoop throws with plenty of prizes, carnival games, pony rides, and a dunk tank. Karaoke is a BIG attraction. At the end of the day, sky divers, provide a thrilling display.
Cradle Beach serves the needs of children with disabilities and those who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds from Western New York. The camp holds five sessions each summer, with 32 Pioneer Campers at each session (16 male and 16 female, ages 14-16). Pioneer Campers are volunteers who work with the campers during their activities and manage the dining hall. They live in cabins with three supervising counselors in each cabin.