Long Island Polar Dip to Benefit Camp Sunshine Set for Saturday, March 1 at Crab Meadow Beach in Huntington, N.Y.
Freezin’ for a Reason event to help send more N.Y. families to Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (February 3, 2014) – Fundraising efforts are underway for the Long Island Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine on Saturday, March 1 at Crab Meadow Beach in Huntington, N.Y.
Participants will plunge into the frigid waters of Long Island Sound to raise money to help send more New York 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 Long Island Polar Dip has again partnered with CrowdRise, 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.crowdrise.com/LongIslandPolarDip2014. For more information, call (207) 655-3800.
Organizers have set a goal to raise $20,000 – enough to send 10 New York 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. Crab Meadow Beach is located at the end of Waterside Avenue in Huntington Township on Long Island’s North Shore. The area features a boardwalk, playground and restaurant. Registration will get underway at noon with the dip set for 1 p.m.
“This polar dip on Long Island will raise funds for Camp Sunshine and help more families from that area take advantage of our services,” 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 staffed almost entirely by 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.
Since the opening of the Camp’s year-round campus in 2001, more ill children and their families have come from New York than any other state in the nation. In 2013, 148 families from New York, many from Long Island, attended the Camp. Even with multiple sessions being added annually at Camp Sunshine, there are still many more children from New York being newly diagnosed each year, Smith said.
Camp Sunshine’s program continues to be recommended by the following New York treatment centers: Mount Sinai Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Schneider's Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York University Medical Center, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Westchester Medical Center, Stony Brook Medical Center, and numerous others.
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: Long Island Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine
WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. (registration begins at noon)
WHERE: Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Ave., Huntington Township, Long Island, N.Y.
WHO: Event to raise money to send more New York 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 Long Island Sound to receive an official “I DID IT” long-sleeved t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine. The goal is to raise $20,000.
CONTACT: Michael Smith, Camp Sunshine (207) 655-3800 email@example.com
Photos from 2013 event by Lisa Gellatly Yannes of the Times Beacon Record
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