Sunrise Scoop - February 2020

Sunrise Highlights

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

Save the Date!

Tuesday, February 25th from 10-8 PM
Cocktail Reception from 6-8 PM
Ralph Lauren located at 1970 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030

Thank you to our friends at Sharestates and Share4Kids for choosing the Sunrise Association and Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island!

For more information, click here.

Sylvan Place Holiday Street Party

Additionally, the Schroeder family and their Valley Stream neighbors hold an annual Sylvan Place Holiday Street Party to help fund the Sunrise Association‘s Sunset with Sunrise program.  Held this year on Saturday, February 1st the event raised $1,300.

The money is a culmination of efforts on behalf of an amazing group of residents from Valley Stream, NY who conduct an annual holiday block party to raise money for the Sunrise Association.

Kicking Off AuroraWALKS 2020

More than 50 people gathered at camp to officially kick-off AuroraWALKS on Thursday, February 6th in Atlanta, GA.

Volunteers, camper families and companies learned about the great work of Aurora Day Camp, our community walk, and how they can build a team to further the mission of our programs.  The 2nd annual AuroraWALKS will take place on Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.

To find out more, click here.

Rockin’ Desserts and The River

Rock the River founding co-chairs Hillary & Scott Assael and Elissa & Greg Weinhoff have been involved in Sunrise Day Camp-Pearl River since 2013. Together they have introduced hundreds of new supporters to Sunrise, helped to raise over $4M through the Rock the River benefit concert and ensured the growth of Pearl River to 324 happy campers last summer.  

In 2017, when they opened SugarHi, a bakery and sweet shop in Armonk, NY, they immediately opened those doors to Sunrise. Each month they host our committee meetings serving delicious treats, participate in our annual holiday toy drive, donate birthday parties to our auctions, and sponsor our events.   We are truly grateful for our continued partnership with Elissa, Greg, Hillary, Scott and SugarHi

Stop by the store to say hello and sample their incredible homemade desserts and cakes!

From l to r: Elissa Weinhoff, Scott Assael and Stacy Ray

Sunrise Campers To Be Anthem Buddies at New York Riptide Game

Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island will serve as The New York Riptide’s community partner for their Riptide v. Black Wolves game on February 28th, 7:30pm at Nassau Coliseum. Sunrise campers will be “anthem buddies” with the players, and stand next to them on the field during the national anthem. For each ticket purchased, Sunrise Day Camp – Long Island will receive a $7 donation. 

Click Here for discounted tickets.

Horizon Day Camp Partners with Orangetheory 

During DecemberOrangetheory Columbia chose Horizon Day Camp as its charitable beneficiary for its holiday toy drive and fundraising campaign. Orangetheory collected brand new toys, games, and activities for the Horizon on Wheels programs in Baltimore and Washington D.C. – overflowing 5 full bins with toys and gift cards! 

Culminating the campaign, Orangetheory Columbia hosted a charity fundraiser class benefitting Horizon Day Camp on New Year’s Eve, raising more than $860 and selling out the studio – the most successful fundraising event Orangetheory Columbia has ever hosted for a charity! 

Horizon Day Camp is excited to continue this great partnership with Orangetheory for HorizonWALKS 2020!  

Meet Austin­ – Our 2020 SunriseWALKS National Ambassador 

Austin was diagnosed with cancer in January 2019 at the age of four. Saving his life immediately became the number one priority for his family – vacations were cancelled, and Austin was pulled from activities and even school.  

In the beginning of his treatment, Austin just wanted to be alone. The Sunrise on Wheels volunteers knew they could help Austin, so they visited him daily and became the highlight of his day. Austin’s parents were thrilled and relieved to learn that Sunrise Day Camp could give their son a FUN summer and meet Austin’s medical and emotional needs.    

After his first day of camp, Austin came home joyfully singing the camp song. Cancer took so much away from Austin, but Sunrise gave him the opportunity to meet kids who understood exactly what he was experiencing. Austin loved camp so much, he eagerly agreed to be the SunriseWALKS National Ambassador and share his story.  

To learn more about Austin’s story, SunriseWALKS, or to find a walkathon near you, visit

Sunrise on Wheels Comes to CHOP

The Sunrise Day Camps Association is thrilled to be opening our 9th Sunrise Day Camp in July 2020 in the Cherry Hill/Voorhees, NJ area. The new camp – to be known as Sunrise Day Camp – Southern NJ/Greater Philadelphia – will also include children with cancer and their siblings living in the Delaware area.

As part of our rollout, we are proud to have secured a formal affiliation with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where  two new Sunrise on Wheels programs  will be opening this month (one per week at both their Philadelphia and Voorhees clinics).  The team has hosted open houses for the staff at each CHOP location. Additional affiliations with area hospitals are in progress.

For more information, please contact Nichelle Hill, Regional Director, at or 856.816.0834.

Friends Academy Students Raise More Than $7,000 to Support Sunrise Day Camp – Long Island 

Thank you to Jordyn Cagner, A.J. Hoyt and the Friends Academy of Sunrise Club for hosting Soul Cycle for Sunrise. With over 50 riders at SoulCycle Woodbury this amazing group of young philanthropists raised over $7,000 for Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island. Our Sunrise family is lucky to have you! 

Great Neck Mitzvah Project for Sunrise on Wheels

Thank you Marisa Kermanian, Yaffa Haimof, Adina Ostad & Juliette Balazadeh for hosting the Great Neck Mitzvah Project for Sunrise on Wheels!

More than 40 children assembled 110 Sunrise on Wheels kits and raised over $4,000 for Sunrise. It was beautiful to see the Great Neck community come together to support Sunrise Association.

Picture l to r: Jayden Balazadeh, Grayson Kerman, Jake Balazadeh, Marisa Kermanian, Emerson Kermanian, Juliette Balazadeh, Ella Ostad, Michael Haimof, Ava Jonisch, Adina Ostad, Chloe Haimof, Mia Haimof, Yaffa Haimof, Lielle Ostad