We are very grateful to announce our SECOND ANNUAL Going for Gold Sponsor A Week Campaign to help us continue to bring smiles to the faces of kids fighting cancer!
In July of 2021, I witnessed a 14 year old dream come to life in real-time...my dream was to open a year round, free of charge, vacation home for kids fighting cancer. It was inspired back in 2007 by a little 8 year old boy (Grifyn) and his grateful family - the Sawyer’s from Lynn, MA. The idea was to have a magical place where families can come together as one with their entire support system around them - away from hospitals and doctor’s offices. A “home” where kids and families can feel safe, relax, make memories and most importantly have FUN! After overwhelming demand from families and with your help and support, I decided to Dream Big with all of you and do it AGAIN - our Second Tommy’s Place in Centerville Village in Barnstable, MA was purchased in June of 2022 and we will soon open the doors to this magnificent home in 2023!!
We built it and they came and they keep on coming...as I write this email, we are in the midst of hosting our 73rd consecutive family! We are at 100% occupancy until June of 2023 with over 65 names on our waiting list!
The doors are open and now we need to keep them open for generations to come so we can continue to bring smiles to the faces of kids fighting cancer. How do we keep the doors open...with the generosity of incredibly kind individuals and businesses that continue to step up to support our mission through donations and fundraisers throughout the year. We do not receive any state or federal funding we rely 100% on our amazing supporters to provide these opportunities to these incredibly brave kids. We are now in what I call the Maintain, Sustain + Grow phase of Tommy’s Place. As we are all aware, there is a cost to “Free.” We will never charge a cancer fighting family to stay in these spectacular 7000 square foot homes. These families have enough burdens and obstacles in their lives and Tommy’s Place will never be one of them. With this in mind, we need to maintain the property throughout the year. Annual home maintenance, repairs and utility bills will never go away. We need to sustain Tommy’s Place and make sure that it is here and available, free of charge, for generations to come. As evidenced by our 100% occupancy and long waiting list, the fact of the matter is that “one” Tommy’s Place wasn’t nearly enough to give all of these families the little break that they all so very much deserve so we needed to grow into a “second” magical home and as a result our expenses have now doubled.
With all of this being said, today we are announcing Tommy’s Place Second Annual Going for “Gold” Sponsor-A-Week Campaign! This annual campaign is for individuals and businesses that would like to continue to support our mission. At Tommy’s Place, no one week is different than any other week. All of our families are treated the same exact way when they enter Tommy’s Place. This campaign will be no different. All weeks will be the same amount regardless of the time of year. This is a very limited opportunity - we only have 104 weeks (52 at each home) available for sponsorship in 2023! Weekly sponsorship is $1,000 with a limit of 10 weeks per individual or business sponsor. Our first campaign sold out overnight and we are hoping to do the same again this year! If you have someone that you would like to honor, a business, individual or you choose to remain anonymous all are welcome. If you have no preference for your week we will choose one for you (the majority of our weekly sponsors chose this option last year), otherwise, please give us your top 3 choices and we will fill them in on a first come first serve basis as we receive them.
We accept checks made out to: Tommy’s Place, 90 Shore Ave. Quincy, MA 02169, credit cards (Click Here to Pay by Credit Card) as well as gifts of stocks and other financial securities. If desired, please be sure to include the name of a business or individual that you wish to honor. If you would like a specific week, please be sure to provide your top 3 choices to us. (All donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.)
Thank you very much for your continued help and support. We are beyond grateful and appreciative for all that you have done to get behind our mission of bringing smiles to the faces of kids fighting cancer!!
Tommy’s Place Founder
The demand has proven to be too great for a single Tommy's Place. We are actively seeking new opportunities for the next Tommy's Place(s). In 2018 we were very fortunate that the Richardson family in Falmouth sold us their former inn at a greatly reduced number so we could embark on this mission of bringing smiles to the faces of kids fighting cancer. If you, or someone you know, has a large single-family home, piece of land, inn, motel, or hotel that you think would make for a great Tommy's Place let us know. Maybe there is an estate that may be looking to leave or donate their real estate to a charity or a large donor or institution that you may be willing to help make an introduction to. We can not do this alone. We need your help. We need help from the Tommy's Place "family". After these past several years of hard work, we have the model in place, we have the supporters in place and we have many local, regional and national suppliers on board with us.
If you have any ideas, please feel to reach out to our Founder, Tim O'Connell at 617-799-5494 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All conversations will be personal and private.
Thank you for your help and support!