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Navy SEALS to swim Sebago to help families

Military families to benefit from charity swim by four Navy SEALS in August.
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Military families to benefit from charity swim by four Navy SEALS in August.
Posted June 17, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.

CASCO, Maine – Four active-duty Navy SEALs are preparing to swim the full 13-mile length of Sebago Lake in Casco on Aug. 21 to raise funds to send military families in need to Camp Sunshine.

The goal of the SEALs for Sunshine event is to raise enough money to send 40 military families to Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind national retreat in Casco for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The four SEALs, two who are originally from Maine, will jump into Sebago Lake at its southernmost point and swim approximately 13 miles, finishing on the shores of Point Sebago Resort in Casco, adjacent to Camp Sunshine.

The Thursday, Aug. 21, charity event is part of the “Go the Distance” campaign, a partnership between Camp Sunshine and the New Balance Foundation. The New Balance Foundation has agreed to match all funds raised for Camp Sunshine through endurance events up to $300,000, meaning donations that come in for the SEALs for Sunshine event will be doubled. In addition, Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham, Maine, also has agreed to match donations for this event up to $25,000, meaning the first $25,000 raised will be tripled and result in excess of $75,000 for Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org).

Organizers have set a goal to raise $80,000, which would be enough to bring 40 military families for a Camp Sunshine session in 2015.

“First and foremost, Camp Sunshine is honored to have the support of these four distinguished members of the Navy’s special operations force,” said Anna Gould, Camp Sunshine’s Founder in a press release. “Not only is this an amazing opportunity for Camp Sunshine, but also for donors supporting the SEALs for Sunshine event. These guys set lofty goals, whether it’s swimming a half marathon or raising enough to sponsor a session – I know the community will rally behind them.”

Camp Sunshine has again utilized the services of the popular online fundraising platform CrowdRise to make it easier for the entire community to unite, support, and fundraise for the SEALs for Sunshine event. To start raising funds, donate online, and to share the event via social media visit www.crowdrise.com/sealsforsunshine. For more information, call Camp Sunshine at (207) 655-3800.

The SEALs for Sunshine event will culminate with a gala dinner on Friday, Aug. 22, where a senior level Navy official as well as the SEALs will address those in attendance. The gala dinner will be hosted at Camp Sunshine’s 27-acre campus along Sebago Lake. More information about the SEALs for Sunshine event can be found at www.sealsforsunshine.org. Tables/Individual seats for the gala can be purchased by calling the development office at Camp Sunshine at (207) 655-3800.

Nestled along the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine, Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org) offers children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a place to relax together for a week and to take a break from the extraordinary demands placed on them on a daily basis.

The year-round program is free of charge and staffed almost entirely by volunteers.  It is the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family.

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