The Sunshine Kids Foundation has one, simple mission: to bring sunshine to kids with cancer.
Since its start in 1982 by founder Rhoda Tomasco, the Sunshine Kids Foundation provides exciting, positive group activities for children with cancer so they have the opportunity to have fun and celebrate life. While Tomasco served as a volunteer in the pediatric cancer unit of a hospital in Houston, she witnessed the loneliness and depression among children during their extended hospital treatments. The Sunshine Kids is a culmination of her vision to provide these young cancer patients with opportunities to participate in positive group activities that promote self-esteem, personal accomplishment and just plain, old-fashioned fun.
The organization is nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization in the United States, and a nonprofit registered charity in Canada. According to the organization’s 2014 annual report, tax-exempt donations and money raised at regional fund-raising events throughout the U.S. enabled the organization to take kids on several outings each month.
According to Janet Yon, Sunshine Kids special projects coordinator for the southeast region, “Combined with the efforts of local Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty offices and Marco Island supporters, money is raised at fun social events like the Marco Beach Bash — with the end-goal to provide the most exciting activities, trips and events for as many young cancer patients across North America as possible. If that’s not a win-win scenario, I don’t know what is.”
Yonand a group of volunteers are hoping for a large crowd at a fundraising event at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort on Friday, October 30, as the newly renovated resort hosts the “Marco Beach Bash,” featuring a gourmet barbeque put on by the resort and entertainment by the Landsharks Band – a famous, possibly infamous, party band who often open for and play with the likes of Jimmy Buffett and The Beach Boys. Based in Orlando, the Landsharks are a staple at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café, and play hundreds of shows every year around the world at theme parks, festivals, private events and fundraisers like the Sunshine Kids “Beach Bash.” Tickets are $100 per person when purchased online at www.SSKMarcoBeachBash.com, and $125 when purchased at the door on the day of the event.
Remember, thousands of children are suffering from the pain, depression and isolation caused by their cancer treatments. Together we can put smiles back on their faces. The Sunshine Kids Foundation welcomes financial support from individuals, corporations, foundations, civic groups and memorials. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization in United States and a nonprofit registered charity in Canada, all donations are tax-deductible. With your support, the foundation will continue to provide extraordinary group experiences for young cancer patients across North America. For more information about the Sunshine Kids Foundation, contact Janet Yon at 239-269-6335. Mail donations to: The Sunshine Kids Foundation, 8805 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 338, Naples, FL 34108.