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Over 24 years and through several name changes, TD Bank continues to be one of Camp Sunshine’s longest corporate partners.

Starting in 1996 with a grant designated to family sponsorship, Peoples Heritage Bank (now TD Bank) has been involved with Camp Sunshine every year giving both funding and time. For several years in the late 90’s and early 00’, local branches supported camp through the sale of paper “sunnies”. Proceeds from the sales were also dedicated to family sponsorships.

In 1999, Peoples’ Heritage Bank provided the construction loan, enabling the start of construction on Camp Sunshine’s permanent home. 1999 also saw Camp Sunshine was named as the charity beneficiary of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race. Subsequently in 2002, the bank supported Camp’s initial capital campaign. In recognition of their support, the entrance to Camp’s main building is named for TD Bank. 

TD Bank, through the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, continued their support in 2006 with a gift to “Let the Sun Shine All Year” Endowment Campaign, with the establishment of the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation Family Sponsorship Fund. The fund provides support for 8 families living in states where TD Bank operates to attend a retreat each year. 

TD Bank has supported events including Castle in the Sun where over the course of the summer in 2007, Camp Sunshine endeavored (successfully) to break the Guinness Book of World records by building the world’s largest sandcastle. In previous years, TD Bank has sponsored our iconic Pumpkin Festival and participated in our golf tournament.

Today, Camp Sunshine continues to receive support from the TD Charitable Foundation. These funds have been dedicated to family sponsorships. However, in 2020 because of the unusual circumstances, the Foundation approved a change to our request, allowing funds to be reallocated to our new virtual program, Camp Sunshine: Together at Home and Box of Sunshine. Their support enabled Camp to launch the program which provided connection, joy and laughter to more than 500 camp families during this very difficult time.

 

Through it all, Camp Sunshine has been able to count on bank employees for help. Employees have  volunteered at events; setting up and stuffing goodie bags for the Maine Suitcase Party, provided assistance at camp as part of campus clean-up days, and shared time at retreats assuring children and their families have an unforgettable and joyful experience.

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