sunshine foundation 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 childs illness may cause. 83% of every dollar spent goes directly to program services! America’s Top Rated Wish Granting Charity Serving the Terminally or Chronically Ill
sunshine foundation 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.
sunshine foundationSince 1976, Sunshine Foundation has made over 36,000 dreams become reality.Special Dream Requests: personal computer, shopping spree, meeting a favorite celebrity or sports starDream Village Dream Requests: (Most Popular Request) visiting the Central Florida theme parks with accomodations at our Dream Village.
sunshine foundationWe arrange and pay for all aspects ofchild’s dream request (which includesall family members): airfare transportation lodging meals tickets to the theme parks
sunshine foundationDream 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.
sunshine foundation Amenities at the Dream Village: all handicap and special needs accessible.
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 illnessesof the children we serve:Cerebral Palsy, MuscularDystrophy, Down Syndrome,Severe Autism, Spinal Injuries,Brain Injuries, PulmonaryDiseases and Physical orSexual Abuse.
sunshine foundationWhat Makes Us Shine: Only “A” rated wish granting 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.
sunshine foundation2013 Dream Village Events March 23: 4th Annual Spring Family Fair April 20: 3rd Annual 5K Run4Dreams November 2: 4th Annual Masquerade Ball
sunshine foundationAnnual Dreamlift Chartered jet for seriously ill children to visit a Central Florida theme park for one day Over 100 special children May 7, 2013 92nd Dreamlift to Walt Disney World Resort
sunshine foundationAdding New Amenities: Therapeutic Riding Center Fishing Pond Fort w/ 4 New Cottages
sunshine foundationWays YOU Can Help! Adopt a Cottage ($30,000) Adopt a Dream ($5,000) Designate Sunshine Foundation (in your employee or planned giving campaigns) Donate Theme Park Tickets or Airline Miles 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, dreamlifts, village grounds, advisory council) Contact us: 800-457-1976 or firstname.lastname@example.org
sunshine foundation “I forgot I was in a wheelchair” - Timothy “It was great to get away from all of the doctors!” - Amanda
sunshine foundation"Not all children are ableto run and play and enjoylife. Many are innocentvictims of birth defects,accidents and deadlydiseases. Shouldnt eachchild know that somebodycares enough to see his orher dream come true?" -Bill Sample, Founder, Contact Rich Mergo at email@example.com Sunshine Foundation or 800-457-1976 for a personal tour www.sunshinefoundation.org