Submitted by: Sandra Carr, Director of Development, The Sunshine Foundation

The return of fall means basketball season is right around the corner. The Philadelphia 76ers first pre-season home game will be against Shaq and the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. While this promises to be a good match up game for Sixers’ fans, the event has a greater significance for a 13-year-old Northeast Philadelphia girl diagnosed with chronic lung disease and a tracheotomy. For Tianna Moore, this game could help her dream of going to Disney Come True with the help of the Sunshine Foundation and the 76ers.

The Sunshine Foundation is partnering with the Philadelphia 76ers to host a two-fold fundraiser on October 12 to raise money to send Tianna and her family to Disney World. You can support the Sunshine Foundation’s efforts by purchasing a deeply discounted ticket from Dave Reed, Philadelphia 76ers Corporate Sales Manager at 215-218-7822. Fans can see the game for 60% off regular price, which includes lower level seating from $101 down to $60 and Mezzanine Center seating normally $45 down to $35.  The Sunshine Foundation will receive 50% of the proceeds from the ticket sales. Businesses can also purchase blocks of tickets for their customers or employees.

Earlier in the afternoon of October 12, the Sunshine Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual Bosses Challenge, a free throw competition at the Wells Fargo Center. Company employees and individuals are invited to show off their skills at the free throw line at this charity event. From 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. contestants will shoot to determine a winner with the highest score. The winner will shoot off against 76er alum and win box seat tickets to a future game. As a way of raising money for Sunshine, participants will try to have co-workers, family and friends to sponsor them for every basket made. To participate in the Bosses Challenge event, visit Sunshine Foundation’s website at www.sunshinefoundation.org or call Sandra Carr at 215-396-4770.

The Sunshine Foundation is a 34-year-old national children’s organization started in Philadelphia by a former Philadelphia police officer. The Foundation’s mission is to answer the dreams of children who are chronically ill, physically challenged or abused.  The number one dream request from children to Sunshine is a family vacation to Disney World. To accommodate families visiting the Disney, the Sunshine Foundation built the Dream Village. The Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village is where families reside at during their visit to Central Florida. The Village sits on 22 acres just 15 miles west of Disney World and features nine fairytale themes cottages, a handicap accessible playground, a heated swimming pool with a wheelchair ramp and a miniature golf course.

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