|Bonnie Flatow, Arnie Preminger, Michele Vernon||Beth Fetner|
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Arnie Preminger, MSW
President & CEO
Arnie is the founder and CEO of Sunrise Day Camp, which he opened in 2006 as the only full summer day camp in the world, offered free of charge, for children with cancer and their siblings. An initiative of the Friedberg JCC, Sunrise quickly expanded its services to include year-round programming, hospital visitations and bringing camp activities into outpatient clinics at affiliated hospitals. Arnie was recognized in 2006 with the “Health Care Heroes” award through Long Island Business News and again in 2009 as the first “Eyewitness News Hero” by WABC TV in New York. In 2010, Sunrise opened its second summer day camp (in the State of Israel), hosting up to 200 Israeli children, both Jewish and Arabic. Sunrise’s third camp opened in 2013, in Rockland County, New York, with 105 campers, bringing the total number of summer camps to 3, along with 9 year-round in-hospital programs.
Arnie has been involved in the JCC movement for the past 39 years, having begun his career as a youth worker and camp counselor in the Bronx in 1976. For the last 30 of those years, Arnie served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Friedberg JCC in Oceanside, NY, during which time he presided over the expansion of the agency from a $120,000 operating budget to its current incarnation as the only full-service JCC on the south shore of Long Island with annual operations totaling over $12 million. He has overseen the fundraising and construction of two major facilities, including a 57,000 square foot center for operations in Oceanside and a new 8,800 square foot pavilion at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Wheatley Heights.
With such success, Arnie has transitioned his role at the Friedberg JCC and is leading the Sunrise Association as its President and Chief Operating Officer to assure that the small miracle of smiles and happiness will reach thousands upon thousands of other children around the world. Working with partner agencies world-wide, Arnie will guide new projects, bringing the magic of Sunrise to children everywhere, through the opening of new camps and multiple in-hospital programs.
Michele Vernon, MSW
Senior Vice President of Camping & Related Services
Michele Vernon began her career with Sunrise Day Camp in 2006 as the founding Director of the Long Island site and then as its Executive Director. Opening with 96 campers in Long Island, Michele was instrumental in establishing the model on Long Island which now has been replicated in Pearl River, NY, Even Yehudah and Be’er Sheva, Israel. She continues to supervise all day camp program sites which bring back joy and childhood fun to over 1000 children during the summer and year-round.
Her professional career has included extensive work in leadership, staff and board training, program development, community outreach, camping and fundraising. She has worked in JCC’s and communities across the country and was the creator and founder of the Joe Levit Family Parenting Center of Houston, TX, and the Solomon Schechter Day School of Cleveland, Ohio, and Regional Director of United Synagogue in the Southwest. Her camping experiences includes directorship of two overnight camps, Camp Tel Yehuda in Barryville, NY and Camp Wise in Cleveland, Ohio. During her tenure as an Assistant Executive Director at three community centers, she supervised each of their day camp programs.
In her new role as Senior Vice President of Camping & Related Services, Michele will continue to guide and supervise the development and management of the current and newly forming Sunrise Day Camps which will be modeled on our flagship program in Long Island.
Bonnie Flatow, MT (ASCP)
Senior Vice President for Hospital & Community Services
Bonnie Flatow has been an integral part of the development and growth of Sunrise Day Camp even before a single child was registered. A medical technologist at the renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Bonnie began her work with Sunrise as a volunteer in 2006, helping to guide us through the maze of hospitals and medical issues.
Bonnie served for two years as chairperson of Sunrise Day Camp, constructing the advisory board, and implementing innovative programming such as Sunshine from Sunrise (and personally visiting many of our children when they are hospitalized), and Sunrise on Wheels, which brings Sunrise Day Camp directly into outpatient clinics. Bonnie also serves as liaison to all hospitals involved with Sunrise, reaches out to new medical and respite institutions to form new affiliations, coordinates hospital visits to children and works directly with parents. Bonnie has twice visited Israel as part of the team working to build our Sunrise-Israel Day Camps, and coordinates communication with so many in our Sunrise community, including overseeing and publishing the Sunriser newsletter.
In her new role as Senior Vice President for Hospital & Community Relations, Bonnie will oversee the creation of Sunrise on Wheels and Sunshine from Sunrise in pediatric oncology centers throughout the world, making the hospital experience less traumatic for children undergoing treatment.
Senior Vice President of Development
Beth Fetner leads a team of development professionals which has successfully raised over $20 million since she joined in 2008 and oversees the agency’s $4.5 million annual campaign. Under Beth’s leadership the development team has provided the resources for Sunrise to grow from one camp on Long Island serving 96 children, to the addition of two more camps – in Israel and Pearl River – currently serving over 1,000 children.
During Beth’s tenure, Sunrise quickly expanded its services to include year-round programming, hospital visitations and programming that brings camp activities directly into in/outpatient clinics at 9 of Sunrise’s 23 affiliated hospitals. Providing smiles and hope since 2006, with the addition of multiple year-round programs both in and outside of the hospitals, Sunrise touches the lives of nearly 3,000 children each year.
Before joining Sunrise Day Camp, Beth was a Senior Development Executive at UJA-Federation of New York where she was responsible for the New Leadership Campaign – a $1 million campaign whose focus was to develop leadership amongst donors on the North Shore of Long Island. As a past lay leader for the National Council of Jewish Women South Shore Section, Beth played a number of roles including Annual Luncheon Chair, Vice President and President. During that time she created fundraising events which featured First Lady Hillary Clinton, Governor Mario Cuomo, Ruth Messinger, Dr. Judea Pearl and Malcolm Hoenlein. She has been involved in the Jewish communal world both as a lay leader and fundraising professional for over 20 years.
As Senior Vice President of Development, Beth’s goal is to show that dreams really do come true, by serving as the key fundraiser for Sunrise Association, by helping raise the necessary funds to provide free camps and programs for children with cancer and their siblings around the world.