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     sunshine foundation®
                 The Original Wish Granting Organization

Sunshine Foundation's sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that child's illness may cause.

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The New legoland florida Dream Village Cottage!

 
We are extremely grateful to LEGOLAND Florida and Merlin's Magic Wand Charity, along with their generous partners: Home Depot, Tucker Construction, Kommercial Refrigeration, Rick Wilson Painting, Badcock & More Home Furniture, and Behr Paint! Tucker, age 5, and his family are our first guests of the new cottage! This cottage will be enjoyed by thousands of special children in the years to come!
Thank You for making dreams come true!
 

We are so grateful to Zephy, Taniangely and Peggy (mom) for presenting Adrian Jones, General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida with a photo collage of just some of the many children who are having their dream come true because of the generosity of LEGOLAND Florida and Merlin's Magic Wand.
 
 
 
 
legoland florida and partners take the magic to the children
The Dream Village Will Get a Newly Renovated Cottage to Bring Joy to Sick Children

Winter Haven, FL (September 17, 2012) The Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village is getting a brick-tastic make-over thanks to LEGOLAND® Florida and many generous local companies. Renovations have begun on one of nine uniquely-themed cottages found at the Dream Village, a non-profit wish granting entity. From ceiling to floor, this cottage will be transformed into a LEGOLAND Florida lover’s dream with highly-themed rooms and a LEGO® Duplo plate wall with a play area. 

Merlin’s Magic Wand is the charitable organization for LEGOLAND Florida’s parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group, and is funded through the generosity of staff and private donors. While LEGOLAND Florida and Merlin’s Magic Wand are leading the efforts, many local companies have joined the cause to provide substantial financial contributions to the project including construction and roofing materials, air conditioning, furniture, paint and volunteer time:
 

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Badcock & More
·   Kommercial Refrigeration, Inc.
·   Rick Wilson Painting, Inc.
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Springer Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.       
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The Home Depot
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Tucker Construction Group, Inc.

“We are extremely excited and truly grateful for the generosity and support from LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin’s Magic Wand and their partners,” said, Kate Sample, President of Sunshine Foundation. “The children we serve will absolutely love the renovated cottage!”

Renovations are expected to take approximately 6-8 weeks and an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in late October to unveil the new LEGOLAND Florida cottage.

Located in Davenport and built in 1989, the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child's illness may cause. Most wish granting entities must limit their services to those children that have a life-threatening condition. The Sunshine Foundation is able to answer dreams for those children that don’t meet the standard criteria but still face severe, life-long circumstances.

“LEGOLAND Florida is thrilled to join with our partners to make a difference at the Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village and in the lives of the families they serve,” said, Adrian Jones, General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida. “We hope this is just the beginning of the renovations to come.”

For more information on Central Florida’s newest theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, our charitableefforts and to purchase tickets, visit
www.legoland.com.


For more information about the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village, please visit
www.sunshinefoundation.org
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Media Contact
: Samantha Lane at Samantha.lane@legoland.com or 863.318.5345.

 

   

 

 

LEGOLAND® FL Groundbreaking at
Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village

We are all so excited to have the shovels hit the ground that will be the beginning of turning a cottage at Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village into a LEGOLAND FL oasis! Gratitude to Legoland FL, Merlin's Magic Wand and Legoland's partners for generously supporting and recognizing children who are chronically ill, physically challenged and abused! The dreamers will love this new cottage!

 


LEGOLAND Florida and Merlin's Magic Wand have teamed up with Tucker Construction,
Home Depot, Kommercial Refrigeration, Rick Wilson Painting and Badcock Home Furniture to completely remodel one of the cottages at the Dream Village in Davenport, FL.

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Sunshine Foundation Dreamers Love Visiting LEGOLAND!



Taylor is 10 years old and diagnosed with spina bifida. She had so much fun spending time on her dream vacation at LEGOLAND!


"We loved it there,
the girls had so much fun!”
- Taylor's mom







Emily is seen here with her brother having fun at LEGOLAND! Emily is 5 years old and diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

 
William enjoying LEGOLAND with his family. William is 7 years old and diagnosed with severe autism

 
Blake loved exploring LEGOLAND on her dream trip!
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