Hello CulinaryCorps Friends and Supporters,
Summer is in full swing! And we are beyond excited to be embarking on our fourth trip to Camp Sunshine this August. A retreat for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families, we will be adding our hands-on cooking classes to their regularly scheduled oncology session programming. With just a few days left until we gather our team in Portland, Maine, we’ve been diligently checking off our to-do list:
- Have we assembled an incredible team of chef-volunteers chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants? You bet!
- Did we design an informative, engaging, and fun cooking curriculum that will take the campers and their families on a culinary journey around the globe from Turkey to Mexico and Italy to Japan? Sure did!
- Have we chosen the Top Chef Sunshine secret ingredient? Yup. But our lips are sealed 🙂
- Did we raise enough money to buy ingredients, equipment and a camp skit carrot costume? Unfortunately, no 🙁
We try not to bombard our donor base with donation requests throughout the year, just when we need it most. And we really do need it now! Currently, our 2018 Crowdrise Team Fundraiser is only 85% funded with only one week left to reach our $10,000 target. Your donation (big, small or anywhere in-between) will help us feed and house our chef-volunteers; buy necessary ingredients and equipment; and allow campers to make homemade spinach cavatelli and hand-pressed corn tortillas for the griddle.
But most importantly, your contribution will put huge smiles on a lot of faces. And for children whose day-to-day consists of hospital visits and doctor’s orders, smiles are worth their weight in gold to these families.
Thank you for considering making a crucial donation to help support this trip. As always, it is 100% tax-deductible and because we are 100% volunteer-run, every dollar is put towards programming (and carrot costumes), not overhead.
Here’s to bringing our brand of culinary magic to the shores of Lake Sebago! And here’s to you for helping us get there.
Christine Carroll, Executive Director & The 2018 CulinaryCorps Leadership Team
ps: Speaking of smiles, the Amazon Smile program is such an easy way to contribute to our trips with a click of the button. Please consider making your Amazon purchases via this link, and thanks for shopping on behalf of CulinaryCorps!