Sunrise Scoop - August 2022

Sunrise Highlights

We are so grateful to all of our donors who make our mission possible.

RISE UP For Sunrise! A Benefit for Sunrise Day Camp–Long Island

The second-annual Rise Up for Sunrise Fitness and Wellness event powered by Randi Eisenshtat and Cher Meli will take place on Sunday, September 18 at Sunrise Day Camp–Long Island. Join us for a mash-up-style event where Long Island’s best instructors will teach yoga, meditation, dance, strength, and movement, as we raise funds for the Sunrise Association! To register, donate, and learn more, please visit: 

You don’t want to miss this! 

 Interested in sponsoring the event? Please contact MaryKate Smith at 

Make Way for…My Special Aflac Ducks 

On August 9, Sunrise teamed up with Aflac to distribute over 150 My Special Aflac Ducks to Sunrise Day Camp–Long Island camp families. This delivery was the first of several as Aflac works to send Ducks to all Sunrise Association Day Camp families across the U.S. 

My Special Aflac Duck is an award-winning social robot developed by Aflac to help provide comfort, joy, and distraction to children with cancer and sickle cell. 

“As Sunrise Association looks toward expanding across the United States, I’m grateful to our friends at Aflac for the support and friendship they have shown to our families,” said Beth Fetner, Sunrise Association Chief Development Officer. “Seeing our children on Long Island so excited to receive their My Special Aflac Ducks brought happiness to all of us!”  

As part of their national sponsorship of Sunrise, Aflac will also send ten children to camp in the coming year through a generous $60,000 contribution. 

Thank you so much, Aflac, for supporting Sunrise in our mission to bring the joys of childhood back to children with cancer and their siblings.

(L to R) Larry J. Levine, Karen & Alan Dorman, John D. Cameron, Jr. P.E., Andrew Cameron, and Michael Faltischek.

Levine Memorial Golf Classic: A Benefit Event for Sunrise Day Camp–Long Island

The 16th Annual Mildred & Samuel Levine Memorial Golf Classic, which honored Andrew Cameron, John D. Cameron, Jr. P.E., Karen & Alan Dorman, and Adam P. Silvers, took place on August 8, at the Seawane Club, Rockaway Hunting Club, and Hempstead Golf & Country Club. Over 500 people enjoyed a fun day of golf, cards, mahjongg, and tennis. The day culminated with a dinner at the Seawane Club. Altogether, $1 million was raised for the children of the Sunrise Association. 

A very special thank you to all of the honorees, Event Chairman Larry Levine, Event Co-Chairman Michael Faltischek, Event Co-Chairs Richard Gurvitz, Jeffrey B. Mullhall, and Andrew Quentzel, special speakers Sunrise parent Katia Conte and Sunrise parent and camper, Evelyn and Brianna Ain, and to our entire Event Committee.


Wheels Up! Season 5 Takes Off 

We are so pleased to announce Wheels Up! Season 5 has begun. Wheels Up! is an exciting virtual travel program that takes children around the world on a very special weekly adventure. From “Ice Cream Around the World” and “Roller Coasters Around the World,” to exploring countries like New Zealand, Morocco, and more, kids in hospitals or at home can board our flight and join us as we travel around the globe. In addition to their travel adventure, kids can participate in a weekly crafts segment and play along in our fun and fast quiz game, which ties into the weekly theme. Finally, the hospitals can participate in our special Passport Kit program where patients can follow along with their own Sunrise Association passports, colored pencils, stamps, and stickers. What fun! 

Wheels Up! is now airing in 67 hospitals and medical facilities across the USA. We are also working with fantastic organizations such as the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which is airing our show in their hospital recording studios, and Give Kids the World Village, a storybook resort for chronically ill children in Florida.  

Thank you to the Dorothy and Irving Ross Sunrise Studios and American Airlines for bringing all of this excitement and entertainment from the Sunrise Association to children all around the world!

New Zealand is the first of many countries that Wheels Up! visits in Season 5.
Hyde and the O’s Bird with campers.

A Horizon Homerun for Horizon Day Camp-Baltimore 

On July 25, Baltimore Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde and the O’s Bird visited Horizon Day Camp–Baltimore to help kick off the camp’s Spirit Week/Camp War—a week-long friendly competition among campers who were divided into Orange and Purple teams in honor of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens respectively.  

Horizon Day Camp’s Executive Director Mark McElrath said, “It was a special day to have Brandon Hyde and his family help kick off the festivities. Many of our campers will now forever be Orioles fans, but more so Brandon’s visit was a testament to how special Horizon Day Camp is for him.” Despite a visit from the Ravens’ mascot Poe later in the week, the Orange team was declared victorious but it was a win for all involved!

Go Team Orange!

Thank You to NY Volunteer-Day Sponsors on Long Island and in Pearl River

As Sunrise Summer 2022 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to recognize and thank all of our dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors who helped create magical days this summer at the Sunrise Day Camps in New York. Without your support, Sunrise would not be possible, so from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!  


  • The Riese Family & Americana Manhasset: Long Island Carnival Sponsor 
  • RBC Capital Markets, The Laura Rosenberg Foundation, & Disguise Costumes: Long Island Color War Sponsors  
  • PJT Partners: Pearl River Color War Sponsor 
  • Abraham Family, AvalonBay Communities, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, JP Morgan, & Nikon: Long Island & Pearl River Ice Cream Party Sponsors 
  • PCSB Bank: Pearl River World Records Day Sponsor 
  • Wild Family:Pearl River Talent Show Sponsor 
  • Vivrelle, Marc & Jessica Feuerstein, Sunrise Toyota:Long Island & Pearl River Pizza Party Sponsors 
  • Litt & Fehrenbaker Families: Pearl River Prom and Arts & Crafts Day Sponsors 
  • Active International:Pearl River Camper Walk Sponsor
Sunrise Day Camp–Long Island Carnival, L-R: Tyler, Dennis, and Randi Riese; Eileen and Stewart Stempel
Sunrise Day Camp–Pearl River Color War: Board Chair Joy Zelin and PJT Partners

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month  

Coming next month, be on the lookout for Sunrise’s Childhood Cancer Awareness month campaign. Follow Sunrise on social media and help us spread the word about the importance of educating ourselves and others and building awareness around childhood cancer.  


Melville Jewish Center Event for the Sunrise Association 

Support the Sunrise Association by attending the Melville Jewish Center’s Golf Outing on September 12 at the Hamlet Golf Country Club in Commack, NY. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sunrise Association. It will be a fun day of golf, canasta, mahjongg, tennis, and pickleball! Dinner tickets are also available. For more information or to register online visit 

Please note: The Sunrise Association policy requires that all event attendees be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. In-person events will be held in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, including local, state, and CDC guidelines, to protect the health and welfare of our Sunrise Association children, staff and guests.