February Newsletter

Feb 14, 2017 | Uncategorized


Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

February is the month dedicated to love and so it is a wonderful time to express our gratitude for all the love and support we feel from our friends and supporters from around the world. 

It is also a fitting time to invite you to consider showing your love for the work of The Sunny Center or honoring someone you love with a donation to The Sunny Center. We are truly grateful for any and all gestures of generosity.

Filmmaker preparing a drone to take aerial footage of The Sunny Center.

We hosted three days of filming with an Italian film crew working on a documentary about people who have been wrongly convicted. The filming included drone footage of The Sunny Center.
We are also busily finalizing our schedule for hosting guests in the coming year. 

Cat watching the chickens through the window. 

We are busy doing outreach and aftercare, scheduling a roster of volunteers for the coming year. Our volunteers are such an important part of the Sunny Center community and contribute so much to help the center run smoothly and efficiently. We are grateful for their help and would like to remind our supporters that we are still accepting applications for volunteers. If you are interested, we have an open call so please contact us.  

Sunny and Peter at Amicus training in London.

We spent three days in the UK doing a talk at the University of Liverpool, two talks in Manchester, two talks in London at a major law firm and a training for young lawyers to work on death penalty cases in the US for Amicus, a non-profit organization. 

Peter’s interview on Jason Flom’s Wrongful Convictions podcast will be aired live on February 20th. We hope you will all tune in or catch it later online.



​Lily enjoying herself.

Our herd of goats keeps us in milk, cheese and yogurt. They are also great company and give us, our guests and volunteers great pleasure. Sadly, we lost a member of our goat family when Lily died unexpectedly this week. But hopefully, a recent visit from the wild goats will bring new kids this spring. 

Sunny and Peter enjoying dinner with Amicus supporters and volunteers in the UK.

We are planning for a busy year of new developments at the Sunny Center in the months ahead. Much travelling is planned. We have guests arriving starting next month. And, of course, we hope to enlarge our circle of supporters and friends. We hope you will stay in touch.

We send you peace and love,

Sunny and Peter 

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