About Sunshine From Darkness

Sunshine from Darkness is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to raising funds for mental health research and local charities that provide mental health and addiction disorder services in the Sarasota community.

Founded as a subsidiary of the Lee and Bob Peterson Foundation, Sunshine from Darkness hosts two events each year, the Journey to Wellness Symposium and Inspiring Hope Dinner. These events serve educational and fundraising purposes by providing local community professionals and philanthropists the opportunity to engage with the broader mental health community.

The mission of Sunshine from Darkness is to raise awareness of mental health and addiction disorders and erase the stigma of both.

The 2021 Beneficiaries of the Inspiring Hope Dinner are:

First Step of Sarasota, which offers innovative and comprehensive mental health and substance abuse programs for adults and children, including inpatient, outpatient and telehealth services. The organization offers a full array of programs addressing both the opioid-abuse and the child welfare crises. It provides intervention and detox services, including a Mothers and Infants program as well as its Student Assistance Programs, which provide mental health services in schools. In addition to being licensed by the state, First Step is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Its mission is to inspire those with mental health and addiction disorders and to transform their lives. Its vision is to create wellness and inspire a first step toward a better tomorrow.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) awards research grants to develop improved treatments, cures, and methods of prevention for mental illness. BBRF funds the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatry to better understand the causes and develop new ways to effectively treat brain and behavior disorders. These illnesses include addiction, ADHD, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, as well as research in suicide prevention. Since 1987, BBRF has awarded more than $418 million to fund more than 6,000 grants to scientists around the world. 100% of every dollar donated for research goes to research. Our operating expenses are covered by separate foundation grants.