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2012 Dream Village

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2012 Sunshine Foundation Dream Village

2012 Sunshine Foundation Dream Village

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  • 1. See the Sunshine in Every Child!
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    • Mission statement: We answer the dreams of chronically ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that the child's illness may cause.
    • 83% of every dollar spent goes directly to program services!
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    • The Original Wish Granting Organization, founded in 1976.
    • The only national organization answering the dreams of children with life-long chronic conditions that are turned away form other wish granting groups because they may not have a life-threatening illness.
    • Bill Sample, a Philadelphia police officer , started the foundation after working with a children’s hospital for many years.
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    • Since 1976, Sunshine Foundation has made over 36,000 dreams become reality.
    • Special Dream Requests:
    • personal computer, shopping spree,
    • meeting a favorite celebrity or sports star
    • Dream Village Dream Requests:
    • (Most Popular Request)
    • visiting the Central Florida theme parks
    • with accomodations at our Dream Village.
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    • We arrange and pay for all aspects of child’s dream request (which includes all family members):
    • airfare
    • transportation
    • lodging
    • meals
    • tickets to the theme parks
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    • Dream Village
    • Constructed 1988-89, first families arrived January 1990
    • 22-acres on Osceola and Polk County line (Four Corners area)
    • Easy access to all the Central Florida attractions, including Disney and the new LEGOLAND theme park in Winter Haven
    • Peaceful but magical oasis for families to escape from hospitals, treatments and doctors
    • Over 20,000 special children have enjoyed the fairy-tale setting of the Dream Village.
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  • 9. Amenities at the Dream Village: all handicap and special needs accessible. sunshine foundation
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  • 15. Tianna, age 13, arrived at the Dream Village recently. She is one of many children suffering from Chronic Lung Disease that Sunshine serves. Common life-long illnesses of the children we serve: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome, Severe Autism, Spinal Injuries, Brain Injuries, Pulmonary Diseases and Physical or Sexual Abuse.
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    • What Makes Us Shine :
    • Only “A” rated charity for children who are terminally or chronically ill
    • Only national wish granting organization with its own Dream Village , providing personal service
    • High percentage of donations to programs = 83%
    • Once in a lifetime experience to families with limited income
    • Receives referrals from Make-A-Wish and other organizations because the children do not need a life threatening diagnoses
    • Only national organization answering dreams of children who are chronically ill, physically and severely behaviorally challenged and abused, including non-verbal requests
    • Only 2 paid staff at Dream Village. Volunteer driven charity.
    • 15 all-volunteer chapters around the U.S.
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  • 18. sunshine foundation “ It was great to get away from all of the doctors!” - Amanda “ I forgot I was in a wheelchair” - Timothy
  • 19. sunshine foundation “ The happiness he felt was remarkable! Pure joy!” - Jeremy’s mom “ It’s been a lot of NO’s from a lot of different places…so it was nice to have a dream like this come true” - Aidan’s mom
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    • Volunteers
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    • 2012 Dream Village Events
    • March 31 – Spring Family Fair
    • April 21 – 5K Run4Dreams
    • May 11 – Golf Tournament
    • October 27 – Masquerade Ball
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  • 23. Upcoming Plans sunshine foundation
  • 24.
    • Adding New Amenities:
    • Therapeutic Riding Center
    • Fishing Pond
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  • 25.
    • Ways YOU Can Help!
    • Adopt a Cottage ($30,000)
    • Adopt a Dream ($5,000)
    • Designate Sunshine Foundation (in your employee or planned giving campaigns)
    • Help with improving décor, grounds, cottages, amenities
    • Organize your own Fundraiser (golf tournament, percentage of sales, poker runs, walks, accept donations from customers)
    • Purchase Dream Village Bricks ($100-$250)
    • Spread Sunshine (“Like” us on facebook and share with friends)
    • Support Events (attend, sponsor, donate auction items, volunteer)
    • Volunteer (office, event committees, airport greeter, village grounds, advisory council)
    • Contact us: 800-457-1976 or rich@sunshinefoundation.org
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    • "Not all children are able to run and play and enjoy life. Many are innocent victims of birth defects, accidents and deadly diseases. Shouldn't each child know that somebody cares enough to see his or her dream come true?"
    • -Bill Sample, Founder,
    • Sunshine Foundation
    sunshine foundation Contact Rich Mergo at [email_address] or 800-457-1976 for a personal tour www.sunshinefoundation.org

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