Fundraising Underway for Colin’s Crew Polar Dip on Feb. 21 in West Haven, Conn.
Freezin’ for a Reason event to help send more families to Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families
WEST HAVEN, Conn. (January 26, 2015) – Fundraising efforts are underway for the fourth annual Colin’s Crew Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine on Saturday, Feb 21 at the Savin Rock Conference Center beach in West Haven, Conn.
Participants will plunge into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean to raise money to help send more Connecticut families to Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind national retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Every polar dip participant is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges.
The Colin’s Crew Polar Dip is partnering with TeamRaiser, a popular online fundraising platform, to make it easier for the entire community to unite, support and fundraise for Camp Sunshine. To start raising funds, form or join a team, and donate online, visit http://www.freezinforareason.com. For more information, call (207) 655-3800.
Organizers have set a goal to raise $35,000 – enough to send almost 20 Connecticut families to Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org). Plungers are encouraged to create a plunge team of four or more people, consisting of co-workers and classmates and from civic groups or places of worship.
Each participant who raises at least $100 in pledges for Camp Sunshine will receive a coveted “I DID IT!” t-shirt. Registration begins at noon with the plunge set for 2 p.m.
The Savin Rock Conference Center is located off CT-162W in southern Connecticut at 6 Rock Street in West Haven. Discounted hotel accommodations for the event are available at the Fairfield Inn in Wallingford, Conn.
Colin’s Crew was inspired by friends and family of a Wallingford boy named Colin who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in October 2009, just days after his second birthday. Colin’s Crew was formed to provide financial support to Colin and his family, who first attended Camp Sunshine in 2010. As Colin continues to do well, Colin’s Crew remains committed to assisting other families in the same situation. Learn more by finding Colin’s Crew on Facebook.
“Camp Sunshine holds a special place in my heart and having the opportunity to help other families share the unique experience Camp Sunshine provides is something I am proud to be part of,” said Colin’s mother Heather.
“Colin’s Crew deserves a ton of credit for making a difference,” said Michael Smith, Camp Sunshine’s Director of Special Events. “The reality of this event is that the discomfort our plungers feel for just a moment will never compare to what our families go through during the course of their child’s illness.”
He added, “It’s for the families and children that we plunge – we call it Freezin’ for a Reason.”
Those unable or not willing to submerge in near-freezing water can still participate in the Chicken Dip. Chicken dippers are still required to raise the minimum of $100 to participate, but only need to get their feet wet – a perfect opportunity for some of Camp Sunshine’s children to take part, Smith said.
Nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine, Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org) offers children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a place to relax together for a week and to take a break from the extraordinary demands placed on them on a daily basis.
The year-round program is free of charge and each session is staffed with the assistance of 80 volunteers. It is the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family.
About Camp Sunshine
Camp Sunshine is a year-round retreat, which provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through various stages of a child’s illness. The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour on-site medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness. To support Camp Sunshine, call (207) 655-3800 or visit www.campsunshine.org.
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WHAT: Colin’s Crew Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine
WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. (registration begins at noon)
WHERE: Savin Rock Conference Center, 6 Rock Street, West Haven, Conn.
WHO: Event to raise money to send more Connecticut families to Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org), a one-of-a-kind national retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families
MORE INFO: Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and jump into the Atlantic Ocean to receive an official “I DID IT” long-sleeved t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine. The goal is to raise $35,000.
CONTACT: Michael Smith, Camp Sunshine (207) 655-3800 email@example.com
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