Friday, April 14, 2017

Caring Causes: Project Sunshine Month

Project Sunshine, a New York City-based charity, celebrates “Project Sunshine Month” in April by raising awareness and support for the organization through a series of events and programs.  Project Sunshine also recognizes its volunteers during Project Sunshine Week, April 20 through April 27, 2017, an annual week of service that will culminate with Project Sunshine’s Annual Benefit Celebration, “Brighter Together,” to be held on Thursday, April 27th at Cipriani 42nd Street.
“The month of April is a time for Project Sunshine to say thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors and community members who bring sunshine into the lives of children facing medical challenges,” said Beatrice Kernan, Executive Director, Project Sunshine. “This month aims to celebrate and honor the compassionate individuals who are truly the heart of the organization and make our programs possible.”
For more than a decade, Project Sunshine has been bringing its own form of light to the city that never sleeps. During this special month, both national and local businesses will band together to raise funds and awareness for the organization. New York City will show its support for Project Sunshine with proclamations from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declaring April 20 – April 27, 2017 as Project Sunshine Week.
To kick off Project Sunshine Week, Meredith Vieira and Joseph Weilgus, Founder of Project Sunshine, will participate in a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building to honor the nonprofit and its volunteers and to celebrate Project Sunshine’s Annual Gala on April 25th.
On Thursday, April 27th, Project Sunshine will host its Annual Benefit Celebration, “Brighter Together,” at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event honors Warren Cole, Co-CEO, Post Acute Partners. Co-Chairs of the event are Shawn McGowen and Al Tylis. Emcee for the evening will be Cindy Hsu, WCBS-TV.
In support of Project Sunshine Month, Helen Ficalora designed a special sterling silver Sunshine Charm, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Project Sunshine throughout the year, available only at In addition, Ficalora also launched a 14k gold Sunshine Charm, with 25% of proceeds going to the organization during Project Sunshine Month and throughout the year. The charm is available in yellow, white and pink gold. For more information, please visit
About Project Sunshine
Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming – recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) – to over 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 major cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel, and Kenya. The enrichment programming allows brave young patients to reach academic and developmental milestones and to find the courage and coping skills necessary to confront challenges ahead.  For more information and ways you can get involved, visit Check out Project Sunshine on Twitter @ProjectSunshine, Facebook and Instagram @ProjectSunshine.

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