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One World Trade Center Lights Up Yellow for Sunshine Foundation

Wish Granted Near Site for 16-Year Old Recipient

Press Release – NEW YORK CITY – Tonight, the spire of One World Trade Center in New York City was lit yellow to spread awareness of Next Level Trainings’ Philadelphia-based leadership team fundraising goal of $80,000 for the Sunshine Foundation.

At the event, The Sunshine Foundation made a dream come true for 16-year old Yamilette Machua who has low-functioning autism and intellectual delays. She was joined by her mother, Martha, and sister, Mixdale, as the Sunshine Foundation and Next Level Trainings granted her dream of taking a trip to Disney World and other Florida theme parks.

“We are so thrilled that the leaders in Next Level Trainings are partnering with us in bringing brightness into children’s lives all over the country,” said Sunshine Foundation President, Kate Sample, who presented tonight’s award. “Together, the Sunshine Foundation and Next Level Trainings get to spread joy to children like Yamilette and we were honored with tonight’s special lighting of One World Trade Center.”

“Next Level Trainings is delighted to work with the Sunshine Foundation to raise money for children facing physical and mental hardships,” said Nafie Nafie, student captain of Next Level Trainings, who also spoke on behalf of the organization tonight. “We were proud to be a part of tonight’s event and committed to reaching our $80,000 goal by February 16th.”

“Never in our wildest dreams did we think the One World Trade Center would be lit up to support Yamilette and other children like her,” said Martha Machuca, mother of Yamilette Machuca. “Not to mention we now get her dream come true of going to Disney World together as a family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!”

The sole purpose of the Sunshine Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children whose parents cannot provide them with their dream due to the financial strain that the illness may cause.

Next Level Trainings is a transformational leadership training center with locations in Columbus, OH, and Philadelphia, PA. The trainings and workshops are designed to unlock a student’s power, passion, and purpose while making an impact in the world around them. The Next Level Trainings alumni community is a highly-connected, committed, and resourceful network of leaders dedicated to making a difference in the world.


You can also support the foundation by donating at

To learn more about the Sunshine Foundation, visit

To learn more about Next Level Trainings, visit

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