Awards & Distinctions

Below is a sample of some of the awards Camp Sunshine, its leadership, and volunteers have received over the years.
November 2019
New England Patriots present Difference Maker of the Week Award to Camp Sunshine Board Member, Michael Wisecup
October 2019

  • Camp Sunshine receives designation as a COCA-I Gold Ribbon Status camp from the Children's Oncology Camping Association, International (COCA-I)
  • Camp Sunshine receives 2019 top-rated status from Great Nonprofits
  • Camp Sunshine Board Member, Michael Wisecup receives Volunteer of the Year Award for the State of Maine
  • September 2019

  • Camp Sunshine receives 4-star (highest possible) rating from Charity Navigator
  • Camp Sunshine Volunteer, Barry Chisholm receives 6 Who Care Award
  • August 2019
    Camp Sunshine places first in the nonprofit category in the 2019 Eagle Choice Awards
    November 2018
    Cumberland County recognizes Camp Sunshine as a "Spirit of America" Award Winner for commendable community service
    September 2018
    Camp Sunshine receives 4-star rating (the highest possible rating) from Charity Navigator for the fifth consecutive year
    August 2018
    Camp Sunshine places first in the nonprofit category in the 2018 Eagle Choice Awards
    July 2018
    Camp Sunshine wins first place for the State of Maine in the Boston Red Sox Foundation's IMPACT Awards
    April 2018
    Camp Sunshine volunteer, Sharon Dube named exemplary honoree at Maine’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award under the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism
    November 2017
    Camp Sunshine Board Member Dan Shaw receives a 2017 Leaders and Luminaries Award
    October 2017

  • Camp Sunshine receives top honor at 2017 Newman's Own Awards
  • Camp Sunshine supporter Denis Litalien wins 2017 6 Who Care Award
  • September 2017

  • Camp Sunshine volunteer Carol Lee Tonge wins Daily Points of Light Award
  • Camp Sunshine volunteer Emily Dziedzic recognized by Coast 93.1 as one of Maine's 20 Outstanding Women
  • August 2017
    Camp Sunshine places first in the nonprofit category in the 2017 Eagle Choice Awards
    July 2017
    GreatNonprofits names Camp Sunshine a 2017 Top-Rated Organization
    June 2017
    Camp Sunshine recognized at the One Hundred - an awareness and fundraising initiative created and supported by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
    April 2017
    Volunteer, Sara Brown named exemplary honoree at Maine’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award under the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism
    November 2016

  • Medical Director, Andrew Eichenfield, MD. is named a Samberg Scholar by New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Director of Operations, Maureen McAllister was the recipient of the COCA-I (Children’s Oncology Association-International) Spirit Award
  • Camp Sunshine named a 'Gold Ribbon' camp by COCA-I
  • Camp Sunshine Awarded 4-Star Distinction by Charity Navigator
  • Camp Sunshine Ranked Top-Rated by Great Nonprofits
  • August 2016

  • Andy Cesnickas receives Points of Light Award
  • Board President Al Ragucci Wins 6 Who Care Award
  • July 2016
    Founder Anna Gould is recognized as one of “50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future” by Maine Magazine
    June 2016
    Camp Sunshine Board of Directors and Tropical Smoothie Café CEO Michael Rotondo was presented with Camp Sunshine’s “Ray of Light” Award
    May 2016
    Founder Anna Gould receives a Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine
    April 2016
    Psychosocial Director Nancy Cincotta MSW, MPhil received the Lifetime Contribution Award from APOSW (The Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers)
    October 2015

    Volunteer Shirley Davis Wins 6 Who Care Award

  • Camp Sunshine Awarded 4-Star Distinction by Charity Navigator
  • Camp Sunshine Ranked Top Rated by GreatNonprofits
  • August 2015
    Camp Sunshine Receives Eagle Choice Award in the Non-Profit Category
    November 2014

  • Camp Sunshine Awarded 4-Star Distinction by Charity Navigator
  • Founder Anna Gould Awarded Prestigious "Camp Champion" Award by ACA New England
  • American Camp Association Renews Camp Sunshine's Accreditation as Part of the Tri-Annual, Ongoing Process
  • Camp Sunshine Ranked Top Rated by GreatNonprofits
  • June 2014
    Volunteer Dot Gonyea Awarded Myra Kraft Community MVP Award by Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots
    October 2013
    Camp Sunshine Once Again Ranked Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits
    October 2013
    Camp Sunshine Volunteer Nancy Hibbard Honored with the WCSH 6 Who Care Volunteer Award
    August 2013
    Camp Sunshine Ranked Among Top 10% in the Nation for Sound Fiscal Management and Transparency by Charity Navigator
    December 2012
    Camp Sunshine Named One of Best Reviewed Nonprofits in the U.S. by Two National Charity Evaluation Organizations
    October 2012
    Camp Sunshine Volunteer Ron Eby honored with the WCSH 6 Who Care Mary Rines Thompson Award
    September 2012
    Camp Sunshine Supporter Ron Eby One of Four National Finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award
    November 2011
    Camp Sunshine Receives Top Scores from American Camp Association in Tri Annual Accreditation Review
    October 2011
    Camp Sunshine Volunteer Vernon Watters Honored with the WCSH 6 Who Care Volunteer Award
    September 2011
    
Camp Sunshine Receives Highest Rank Among Maine Charities for Financial Oversight and Transparency from Nation’s Largest Charity Evaluator
    July 2011
    Camp Sunshine’s Campus Director Michael Katz is Recognized by the Maine Youth Camping Foundation With Their Dedication to Camping Award, Honoring His More Than 25 Years of Service to Camp Sunshine and the Camp Community
    June 2011

    Camp Sunshine Volunteer Joseph Cerato Receives Myra Kraft New England Patriots Community MVP Award
    October 2010
    Camp Sunshine Volunteer Ruth Shadbolt Honored with the WCSH 6 Who Care Volunteer Award
    October 2009

    Camp Sunshine Founding Volunteer Dot Gonyea Honored with the WCSH 6 Who Care Volunteer Award
    June 2009
    Camp Sunshine Honors Founder Anna M. Gould with Lifetime Achievement Award
    April 2009
    Camp Sunshine, and Longtime Board Member and Volunteer Joseph Pappalardo, are Honored with Governor’s Exemplary Service Awards
    November 2008

    As Part of its Tri-Annual Ongoing Review Process, American Camp Association Renews Camp Sunshine’s Accreditation, Again Awarding Highest Score
    September 2008

    Camp Sunshine Awarded Charity Navigator’s Top Rating for Sound Fiscal Management for 5th Consecutive Year
    September 2007

    Camp Sunshine’s Sand Castle World’s Tallest According to Guinness
    September 2007
    
Camp Sunshine Awarded Charity Navigator’s Top Rating for Sound Fiscal Management for 4th Consecutive Year
    August 2007
    
Camp Sunshine Named Agency of Distinction by WCSH 6, United Way of Greater Portland, and TD Bank
    October 2006
    
Guinness World Records Confirms Camp Sunshine’s World Record for the Most Lit Jack-O-Lanterns in One Place at One Time
    June 2006

    Camp Sunshine’s Medical Director, Andrew Eichenfield, Named One of New York’s Best Doctors
    May 2006

    Charity Navigator, America’s Premier Charity Evaluator, Announces that Camp Sunshine has Earned its Coveted 4-Star Rating for the Third Consecutive Year
    November 2005
    
As Part of its Tri-Annual Ongoing Review Process, American Camp Association Renews Camp Sunshine’s Accreditation, Again Awarding Highest Score
    October 2005
    Camp Sunshine Volunteer Jean Sequeira honored with the WCSH 6 Who Care Volunteer Award
    June 2004

    Yankee Magazine Honors Founder Anna Gould with its Community Partners Barnraiser Award
    June 2004
    
Camp Sunshine Honors Founder Larry Gould with First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award
    May 2004

    E-Town Radio Presents Camp Sunshine Founders Anna Gould and Larry Gould with E-Chievement Award
    March 2004
    
Maine Recreation and Park Association Recognizes Camp Sunshine - Facilities of Merit Award
    February 2004

    New England Division ACA Board of Directors Elects Camp Sunshine’s Campus Director Michael Katz as At-Large Board Member
    February 2004
    Camp Sunshine Receives ACA Honor The Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence
    October 2003
    Camp Sunshine Volunteer Greg Bove honored with the WCSH 6 Who Care Mary Rines Thompson Award
    March 2003
    
Windham Rotary Honors Camp Sunshine's Director of Special Events Michael Smith with the Paul Harris Fellow Award
    November 2002

    Camp Sunshine Receives American Camp Association Accreditation
    June 2002

    Toastmasters International Honors Camp Sunshine Founder Anna Gould with its Communication and Leadership Award
    October 1999

    Maine Governor Angus King Presents Longtime Camp Sunshine Volunteer and Board Member Joe Pappalardo with The Governor’s Service Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration – In Grateful Recognition of Outstanding Accomplishments & Service to the People of Maine
    March 1996
    
Longtime Camp Sunshine Volunteer and Board Member Joe Pappalardo Wins Prestigious Jefferson Award – Represents State of Maine in Washington, D.C.
    February 1996

    Adam Walsh Children’s Fund Honors Camp Sunshine Founder Dr. Lawrence Gould with Prestigious Rainbow Award