Dan Newlin, Deputies, and the Easter Bunny Team Up to Thrill Sick Kids

  Dan Newlin, Deputies, and the Easter Bunny Team Up to Thrill Sick Kids

Business Wire

ORLANDO, Fla. -- April 2, 2013

Kids at theArnold Palmer Hospital for Childrenin Orlando were left smiling,
long after receiving a personal visit from the Easter Bunny on Saturday.

Back row, l-r:
Sam Meiner & Eleanor Meiner (Founders of The Easter Bunny
Foundation), Orange County ...

Back row, l-r:
Sam Meiner & Eleanor Meiner (Founders of The Easter Bunny
Foundation), Orange County Reserve Deputy Samuel May, DFC Carmelo Ortiz,
Arnold Palmer pediatric patient, The Easter Bunny, Cindy Cutlip (Director of
Foodservice-Restaurant Channel PepsiCo Foodservice Southeast Region), Orange
County Reserve Deputy Dan Newlin, Jason Cutlip and Nelson (PepsiCo) Front
row-kneeling, l-r:Khira Williams (Executive Assistant to the Easter Bunny),
Christina Diaz (Child Life Services), and Orange County Reserve Deputy Tim
Styer.(Photo: Business Wire)

Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies – reserve and full-time – teamed up
withThe Easter Bunny Foundationto deliver 250 new plush toy bunnies to each
child, too sick to go home over the holiday.

Founded in 1995 by Sam and Eleanor Meiner, The Easter Bunny Foundation has
partnered with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for more than fifteen years.
Law enforcement officers perceive the Easter Bunny program as a win-win and
one which strengthens their relationships with communities whom they serve.

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is honored to be involved with the Easter
Bunny Foundation,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. “Our motto,
‘Making a Difference,’ and our engagement in this program are both all about
making a difference in a child’s life.”

“We want these kids to know that they are not just loved by family and
friends, but also by a large community that stands by them each step of the
way,” Demings added.

One of those who got to see the many smiles and hear the shrieks of delight on
Saturday was Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Newlin, who traded his well-tailored
attorney suits, and along with fellow Reserve Deputies Timothy Styer and
Samuel May and Deputy First Class Carmelo Ortiz, escorted the Easter Bunny
around at Arnold Palmer, handing out dozens of toy bunnies to the kids.

About 30 children enjoyed time outside in the amazing courtyard where they
participated in an easter egg hunt led by staff members of PepsiCo, one of the
major sponsors of the Easter Bunny program. The kids also spent time too,
coloring with deputies, another highlight of the program that reinforces law
enforcement officers’ service to the community.

“Working as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff is a great honor but there’s no greater
honor than touching the life of a child,” Newlin said, of the 4-hours spent at
the hospital. “Arnold Palmer is amazing and I’m proud to be part of the event

Newlin should have an idea of what it’s like to deliver a smile to a sick
child and the joy that it brings. Recently, through the Dan Newlin Miracle
Project,seven kids battling cancer at the Hospitalgot to spend time and
smile with Evander Holyfied, the former Undisputed World Champion.

Not only is the Easter Bunny program a win-win for Sheriff’s deputies,
hospitalized kids and their families, but hospital staff have long-praised the
program and point to its positive responses and community effort to help a
sick child get better.

“Our hospital is truly a part of this Central Florida community and it is
heartwarming when organizations make a point to give to our kids,” said Sheri
Mosley, Manager for Child Life Music & the Arts at Arnold Palmer Medical

Adds Mosley, “This visit [on Saturday] is a perfect example of the broad
impact that Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has had on this community and
everyone from the Easter Bunny Foundation who made this visit possible should
know that they have made a difference in the lives of our patients.”

In addition to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the Easter Bunny and
Sheriff’s deputies will visit six other major hospitals in Central Florida
including, Florida Hospital for Children, Lakeland Regional Medical Center and
South Lake Hospital.

Since its inception in Orlando, the Easter Bunny program has mushroomed
nationwide, following official endorsement by the National Sheriff’s
Association, initially in 2005 and again in 2009.Last year, approximately
14,000 hospitalized children received a personal visit from the Easter Bunny
over the Easter week-end and organizers say, at least that many kids will be
visited this year, in 250 hospitals across the country.

The Easter Bunny Foundation receives support from several major donors
including, Mrs. Harriett Lake, Westgate Resorts Foundation, US Foodservice,
The Ginsberg Family Foundation and several local friends of the Big Bunny.

The Foundation plans to expand the program to every hospital in the United
States that would like a visit from the Easter Bunny.

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