New York City Celebrates Project Sunshine Month in April

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Project Sunshine to Recognize Damaris Lewis with the "Project Sunshine Ambassador Award" at 12th Annual Benefit Celebration, "Heart of Gold"

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Project Sunshine volunteers bring sunshine into the lives of hospitalized children

Throughout the month of April, we recognize the thousands of compassionate individuals who are truly the heart of the organization and make our programs possible.

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 21 through April 28, 2015, an annual week of service that will culminate with Project Sunshine’s 12th Annual Benefit Celebration to be held on Tuesday, April 28th at the Waldorf Astoria.

“Throughout the month of April, we recognize the thousands of compassionate individuals who are truly the heart of the organization and make our programs possible,” said Beatrice Kernan, Executive Director, Project Sunshine. “It is a time for Project Sunshine to say thank you to our volunteers, sponsors and community members who bring sunshine into the lives of children facing medical challenges.”

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 21– April 28, 2015 as Project Sunshine Week.

On Tuesday, April 28th, Project Sunshine will host its 12th Annual Benefit Celebration, “Heart of Gold,” at the Waldorf Astoria. At the event, model Damaris Lewis will receive the “Project Sunshine Ambassador Award.” Cat Greenleaf of WNBC-TV will be an emcee for the evening, which will celebrate the volunteers, young patients and families of Project Sunshine. The night will also include celebrity appearances on the Project Sunshine “Yellow Carpet,” including Sports Illustrated models, Miss Universe, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and sports celebrities.

In support of Project Sunshine Month, Helen Ficalora designed 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 http://www.helenficalora.com. Ficalora has also launched a special sterling silver Sunshine Charm, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Project Sunshine throughout the year, available only at http://www.projectsunshine.org.

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. Project Sunshine is dedicated to bringing a ray of hope to these hospitalized children. Project Sunshine Week is a week dedicated to raising awareness and support for the organization through a series of events and programs. For more information and ways you can get involved, visit http://www.projectsunshine.org. Check out Project Sunshine on Twitter @ProjectSunshine, Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ProjectSunshineUSA and Instagram @ProjectSunshine.

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