An incredible opportunity to support The Sunny Center

Nov 23, 2021 | Activism, News, Newsletter

This week, you have a unique opportunity to support The Sunny Center!

Peter Tunney’s GRATTITUDE artwork (Gannett)

Peter Tunney Artwork NFT Auction

We are so excited to announce that our board member, artist Peter Tunney, is auctioning two of his masterpieces.  You can go directly to usatoday.com/nft to get all the details.

This collaboration between Gannett Publications and Peter Tunney celebrates the season of giving with proceeds equally benefiting The Sunny Center, to help individuals who have suffered the injustice of wrongful conviction to heal and integrate back into society, and the Gannett Foundation, which supports community-building initiatives across the country.

The Gannett and Peter Tunney NFT collection includes the following:

  • “GRATTITUDE” NFT: The attitude of gratitude, a Peter Tunney original 4’x6’ painting will be minted into 500 limited edition non-fungible tokens at $250 each. The accessible NFTs will have a unique identifier for sale until all limited-edition pieces are purchased. A rendering of the original artwork will also be distributed across the USA TODAY NETWORK as a special keepsake insert for readers as a holiday gift.
  • “LIBERTY” NFT and Original Artwork: An animated Non-Fungible Token of Peter Tunney’s original 5’x6’ LIBERTY painting created exclusively with Gannett content will have a starting minimum bid of $50,000 with the winner receiving both the unique NFT and the artwork. 

You may be familiar with Peter’s GRATTITUDE and COURAGE artwork, prints of which are hanging in the homes at the Sunny Living Center!

The Palm Beach  Post also published a wonderful profile of Peter Tunney here: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/entertainment/2021/11/22/artist-peter-tunneys-latest-works-focus-wrongful-incarceration/8636365002/

Peter Tunney is one amazing man and we are very blessed and proud to have him on our board and in our corner! Thank you, Peter! Thank you, Gannett publishers! And thank you to our supporters – we hope to be able to do so much more for so many more in the coming year. And none too soon!

The holiday season brings joy to many. But, to many more it brings stress and depression and loneliness. With this infusion of funds and support, we should be able to reach out to many more in a more meaningful way during the upcoming holidays.

Bless you, one and all!! And a happy Thanksgiving!!!

With extreme gratitude


Support for Exonerees

New Group Meeting Forming

In our next newsletter, we hope to be announcing the launch of this new program for anyone and everyone whose life has been impacted by wrongful convictions!

We are developing an open meeting for Exonerees and anyone whose life has been impacted by a wrongful conviction: family members, friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, even the lawyers who defended Exonerees  – so we can begin to share each other’s stories and concerns, successes and failures.

Through this new program we can help each other begin to understand each other’s needs, work to become more harmonious, and develop better relationships. One of the biggest hardships when an Exoneree is released is their relationship with loved ones, because they can’t understand each other.

We will have Exoneree mentors – those who have been through it – to mentor those who are just starting to go through the process of rejoining society and healing. This creates a safe space to do that.

Contact us if you’re interested in participating!

Sundays With Sunny

Women Exonerees are welcome to join SUNDAYS WITH SUNNY, a group online chat where we can share and learn and grow together, and just be there to support one another.

Outreach

And all Exonerees, please visit our Outreach page and contact us if you need help in any way. We will respond to you. Even if you just need someone to talk to!


We Are Grateful for You!

We are so thankful for all of our friends, near and far, who have supported The Sunny Center in any way that they can. For more than a year and a half, through an incredibly difficult period for all of us, you’ve stood by us. Peter and I can’t thank you enough.

Thank you for all your support and love. You’ve been instrumental in helping our work with Exonerees, and you’ve directly helped to make life a little easier for them. We’re so grateful to all of you!

Peace and Love,
Sunny and Peter

Finding Peace, Joy and Hope

The events in Ukraine over the past several days have been ever-present in all of our lives through the daily news and constant social media. These times can be especially difficult for Exonerees because of the traumas they are working to overcome.

Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Helping people exonerated of crimes they did not commit, setting them back on the path to a fulfilling life, is a monumental task that we depend on the dedication of volunteers, both near and far, to achieve.

Love Is Always the Answer

Winter is always a little bit quieter than the rest of the year. After a long day spent maintaining the Sunny Healing Center and getting it ready for visitors, it’s time for us to cuddle up with the kittens and, of course, Barney, on chilly winter evenings with a warm fire in the hearth.

A Happy, Healthy and Healing New Year to All

Love has no barriers and no limits. And neither does our gratitude for your continuing support and friendship. Know that you are never alone, because you are part of our family.

Happy Holidays to Our Friends Near and Far!

These are extraordinary times. And you’ve all been extraordinary supporters. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to keep helping Exonerees in the midst of a global emergency.

It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

What an amazing summer this has been. We’ve been at home, raising a litter of kittens in our polytunnel and collecting eggs from our hens. And at the same time we have been able to reach out into the world and continue helping Exonerees.

Have you seen Sunny on YouTube?

Yoga and meditation are so central to our life and work at The Sunny Center. We meditate each morning to help us approach the day with a calm, clear mind (and some extra energy)!

For Exonerees, life’s little legal challenges can be huge

Exonerees face many challenges as they rebuild their lives after a wrongful conviction. One of the things that takes a backseat, as they struggle to access essentials like a place to live, medical care, and work, is thinking about how they will be cared for if they get sick.

Sometimes, it takes a (small) army

Terry Wanzer fought for more than 20 years to have his record cleared, even though he was exonerated in 1996. Our friend and volunteer Carrie is working to stop injustices like this.

How to Avoid Toxicity

At a time when it seems so many people in the world are expressing so much anger and hatred, how do you maintain your balance? Watch my latest video and share with us on social media!

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