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Summer 2011

Join us for Sunshine’s 2011

Walk, 5K Run & Roll

Sunshine Board Leadership Sunshine Communities Steven J. Nafziger – Chair Lavon J. Welty – Vice Chair Michael J. Beazley –Treasurer Karen Rich Ruth – Secretary Kerry Beck Gary Byers Lessie L. Cochran, Ph.D. Julie Brotje Higgins, Ph.D. (Past Chair) Ruth M. Miller Douglas J. Schmucker Laura B. Voth Ellen U. Williams, Ph.D. Sunshine Foundation, Inc. Ruth M. Miller – Chair Karen Kerr - Vice Chair Mary Mancini, CFRE – Secretary Tyson Stuckey, CPA – Treasurer Patricia Beham Bob Buschur Martha Corcoran Virgil L. Miller Sunshine Inc. Residential & Support Services Ellen U. Williams, Ph.D. – Chair Douglas J. Schmucker – Vice Chair Reed Roth, D.O. – Secretary/Treasurer Lessie Cochran, Ph.D. Mary M. Murray Lavon J. Welty Interactive Financial Solutions dba SOLANA Robert W. Cabanski – Chair Karen Rich Ruth – Vice Chair Anthony Paparella – Secretary/Treasurer CJ Holley Steven J. Nafziger Sunshine Inc. Vocational Services Michael J. Beazley – Chair Laura Fleeger-Koenig – Vice Chair Karen Kerr – Secretary/Treasurer Richard M. Anderson Kathy Korducki

If you love exercising and raising funds for a good cause, then we have an event for you! All you have to do is invite your friends, neighbors and relatives to support you with donations or join you in the Walk, 5K Run & Roll. With every mile you complete in the walk or the run event, you will be raising money to benefit the people at Sunshine. On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, Sunshine will offer a Walk, 5K Run & Roll at the Monclova Elementary School. Sign up for either the 5k run on the certified course along Black Road or take a relaxing walk along the Wabash Cannonball Trail in scenic Monclova Township. The children’s activity area will include animals from Sunshine Acres, craft projects, music and more. Leashed pets are welcome. No bikes or roller blades are permitted. All proceeds from the Walk, 5k Run & Roll are used to help fund programs and services for the people served at Sunshine. The original Walk, 5K Run & Roll was inspired by Jeff Alt’s 2,160 mile trek along the Appalachian Trail in 1998 in honor of his brother, Aaron, a resident at Sunshine. Sherry Moon, a member of the Sunshine community, was inspired by Jeff Alt’s efforts

and organized a walk that same year which raised $16,000, establishing the fundraiser as an annual event. Prizes will be awarded to individuals that raise the most funds for Sunshine. Teams are encouraged! Gather your friends, family, co-workers or anyone else to do the 5K run or the non-competetive walk as part of your team. Overall and Master Male and Female winners in the 5K run will receive a commemorative medal made by the artists at Sunshine’s Vocational Center. Awards will go to the top three in each age group. Entry fees are due by Aug. 31, 2011 and include a commemorative t-shirt. Preregistration fees are $15. The 12 years and under fee is $10, and the day of registration fee is $20. Participants are encouraged to obtain a minimum of $60 in pledges. All pledges must be turned in on the day of the Walk, 5k Run & Roll. Checks may be made out to Sunshine Foundation, Inc. For more information, . visit

Schedule of Events:

Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. 5k Run starts at 8:30 a.m. Walk & Roll starts at 9:30 a.m.

Sherry Moon has been a long-time contributer to Sunshine. Look inside for more of her story.

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Bridging the Gap

One Giver, Many Gifts

If you’ve ever ridden on the London Underground, you probably remember the signs and announcements to “mind the gap.” A practical reference to the gap between the station platform and the train, it’s become iconic, spurring t-shirts and a whole line of souvenirs. Here at Sunshine, we are minding the gap between what it costs us to provide services and what we are paid. Close to 100% of the people we serve depend on Medicaid to cover their costs. Medicaid covers the cost of basic care based on average level of need. If, like Sunshine, an organization is committed to people with above-average needs, then Medicaid falls short. Sunshine is a faith-based provider, honoring the Mennonite Christian tradition of dignity for all. Respecting the dignity of others requires fidelity to them through difficult times. For example, when individuals we served became dependent on ventilators, fidelity guided us to learn how to serve them so that they could remain in their home with people they knew. Did the costs go up? Yes! Did payment for their services go up? No! Today, we are one of two Intermediate Care Facilities in Ohio that serve people who are dependent on ventilators. Could we operate in a more fiscally prudent way and turn people with high needs away? We could not do this and remain true to our Christian ministry at the same time. We turn instead for help outside the Medicaid system. Donors like you help us bridge the gap. Currently, the gap is $12 per individual per day, and it will grow larger during the next two years with the new Ohio state budget. Twelve dollars may not sound like a lot, but when you multiply it by 365 days, it becomes $4,380 per person per year. We serve over 200 individuals in our residential programs. A gap of $4,380 per year for 200 individuals adds up to $876,000. Will you help us bridge this gap? • $12 funds the gap for one individual for a day • $360 funds the gap for one individual for a month • $4,380 funds the gap for one individual for a year

Sherry Moon has had a long history of giving at Sunshine. Sherry began to donate at Christmas time with a cash donation and holiday gifts of toiletries, clothing and toys. In 1998, Sherry presented the idea of doing a “Walk” to shadow Jeff Alt as he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. This was how the annual Walk, 5k Run & Roll began. Starting in 2000, Sherry and her husband decided to include Sunshine in their will with a simple bequest. “We want to give our support to the individuals with developmental disabilities at Sunshine,” Sherry said. “Also, the giving does help with a tax deduction.” The Engler Society recognizes those donors and people who have remembered Sunshine in their will or estate planning. Legacy giving is a way to create a future gift to charity. These gifts take many forms, including direct bequests from wills, naming Sunshine as beneficiary of a charitable trust, annuity, or life insurance policy or listing Sunshine as a beneficiary of a bank account. For more information about the Engler Society, please contact Douglas Siebenaler at 419-794-1393.

Elizabeth Holland, PhD President & CEO To donate, visit When you make your donation, type “BRIDGING THE GAP” into the comments box. If you would like to send your donation in the mail, you can send it in a donation envelope. Please indicate that your donation is being given “as a general contribution” and write in the phrase “Bridging the Gap.” Checks should be made out to Sunshine Foundation, Inc.

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PENTA Volunteers Shine Five Penta Career Center students faithfully volunteered weekly with the Transition to Work program at Sunshine from January to early May. “The goal of the program is to help students transition to a paid, competitive workforce when they graduate from Penta,” said volunteer manager Rania Haynes. Together the five students contributed 700 service hours in the course of three and a half months. The students volunteered with clerical work, purchasing and receiving, dietary staff, janitorial staff and the greenhouse staff. “These students didn’t see Sunshine as a place to come and volunteer,” Rania said. “They saw it as their job. Their level of commitment, enthusiasm and hard work was a huge asset to furthering the work at Sunshine.” Sunshine and Penta are excited to continue the program in the fall with another group of dedicated student volunteers.

Mennonite Traditions Upheld Sunshine’s rich history of Mennonite involvement provides roots for our mission. The connection was first sparked when local Mennonites Raymond and Dora Nafziger made a visit to Sunshine with their son, Paul, to offer their help. Roy and Georgette Engler, the founders of Sunshine, jumped at the opportunity and Dora went home that day with bundles of mending. Today, there is a group of Mennonite women who still come to Sunshine and participate in a mending group that is affectionately known as the “Mending Ladies.” Mending isn’t the only thing the Mennonites of northwest Ohio have done for Sunshine. The Black Swamp Benefit, an auction selling quilts, wood items and toys, takes place at the Fulton County Fairgrounds the third weekend of June. All proceeds are split between Sunshine and Mennonite Central Committee. The 2010 benefit yielded $58,500 for Sunshine. For more information about Black Swamp, visit

Sunshine’s History Retold In 2010, WGTE told Sunshine’s story, condensing 60 years into 30 fascinating minutes of interviews and historical video footage. Sunshine also compiled a heartwarming collection of stories from friends and employees for our 60th anniversary. Whether you are looking to laugh or cry, there is a story for you in these retellings of Sunshine’s history. Both are now available at Sunshine for $15 each. If you would like to purchase a copy, call 419-865-0251, e-mail or mail your request to Sunshine with a check made out to Sunshine Foundation, Inc.

Engineers and Ability Center Make Art Possible Three University of Toledo Engineering students wanted to develop a device to make it easier for people with mobility limitations to create artwork. During the course of the 2011 spring semester at UT, seniors Stephen Dull, Rachael Willingham and Craig Holst made it their project to create a device for both Amy Warner and Luis Iglesias to use at the Vocational Building at Sunshine for their art projects. Not only were Amy and Luis able to use the device to enjoy their hobby, but others at Sunshine will benefit from the devices that were made to attach to a wheelchair and provide a greater range of motion. The students presented their inventions to the Ability Center at UT at the end of the semester. After their project was complete, the Ability Center donated these devices to Sunshine.

About the Photos (from left to right) 1.) Counselor Jill Lipinksi from St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) accompanies Duane Richard on the SJJ trip with Sunshine to Imagination Station. 2.)Three University of Toledo Engineering students (Stephen Dull, Rachael Willingham and Craig Holst) made it their senior project to build an art board suited for individualized needs of two people at Sunshine. 3.) Claire Koniezcny shows her Tibetan prayer flags for her Everest climb alongside cousin Paul Mackovjak and aunt Janet Miller. 4.) The 2011 Black Swamp Benefit was host to a number events such as the popular mud volleyball tournament. 5.) Sunshine’s Vocational Services has expanded their greenhouse operation in 2011 with plans for continued growth in the coming year. 6.) Georgette’s Fair Trade Grounds & Gifts will be celebrating six years of business this coming fall. 7.) A group of students from Penta Career Center have helped continue a strong community partnership between Sunshine and Penta.

Susan’s Smiles of Happiness at an All Mustangs Show If you are a car aficionado with a heart for a good cause, the 3rd annual All Mustangs Show at Brondes Ford Secor on September 18, 2011 is the place you want to be. The show will be from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with free admission. Mustang owners can register their cars for a $10 donation. This car show will also include raffles, prizes, a live DJ, food and beverage vendors and a Mustang award show. The first 150 Mustangs to register will receive a special dashboard plaque. Brondes Ford Secor is located at 5545 Secor Road in Toledo. For more information about this car show, visit or e-mail Bob Ampthor at Proceeds from this family event are for Susan’s Smiles of Happiness, a restricted account of Sunshine Foundation, Inc. to assist more than 150 people at Sunshine in receiving needed and timely dental care. Since the beginning of 2011, donors have shown strong support by giving $3,893 for Susan’s Smiles.

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Sunshine Greenhouse Sales Bringing Sunshine to Base Are a Blossoming Success Camp of Mount Everest The community and the people at Sunshine all agree that the spring plant sale at Sunshine’s greenhouse was a blossoming success. The three-day sale had hanging baskets, planters, annual flowers, herbs, vegetable plants, shrubs and some perennials. We even sold lady bugs and praying mantises the following week. “The major highlight for me personally was watching my greenhouse crew make Sunshine proud!” said Kathleen Johnson, who is a supervisor in Vocational Services at Sunshine. After so much success, the greenhouse will be holding a fall plant sale in October which will include corn stalk bundles, a variety of colored mums, bales of straw, apple cider, decorative scarecrows and other fall decorations. There will also be a winter greenhouse sale sometime in November or December so that customers can have fresh décor for the holidays. “When people leave the greenhouse, they always leave happy and with a big smile on their face,” Kathleen said, “and that just puts a smile on mine.”

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Local high school graduate Claire Konieczny climbed to base camp on Mt. Everest in order to raise money for Sunshine. Claire returned home at the end of May. She named her campaign “Bringing Sunshine to Mount Everest,” and the Sunshine community is very excited to be the recipient of dollars raised from her hike. Claire raised $1,884 for Sunshine while she climbed the 18,190 feet to Everest’s North Base Camp. Sunshine would like to thank the donors who have shown such strong support and would like to extend special thanks to Claire for her dedication. If you would like to contibute to Claire’s funds from her climb, it isn’t too late! Mail in your contribution or visit When you make your donation, type “EVEREST” into the comments box. Every dollar makes a difference!

Sunshine Today, Summer 2011  

The Sunshine Today is a newsletter that goes out to more than 5,000 donors three times each year. We have a Spring, Summer and Winter editio...

Sunshine Today, Summer 2011  

The Sunshine Today is a newsletter that goes out to more than 5,000 donors three times each year. We have a Spring, Summer and Winter editio...