This summer more than 1,000 deserving children attended 37 camps because of the generosity of those who contributed to The Charlotte Observer’s Summer Camp Fund.
The camp experience can change a child’s life in significant ways. Many of our campers will see a night sky with the constellations for the first time. Others will ride a horse, sleep in a cabin, see the mountains, build a camp fire, all new experiences for many of them.
Our mission is to help children develop a love for the outdoors and to value the environment. Leaving home, participating in challenging activities like a ropes course, learning to swim and living with others from diverse backgrounds are often big steps for our campers. They come back from camp with newfound confidence and a sense of who they are and who they want to be.
This year, nearly 900 people donated to the Summer Camp Fund. The Leon Levine Foundation generously agreed to award $25,000 in grants if we could raise $190,000 on our own. Thanks to you, our readers, and Rick Hendrick, who closed the gap to get us to the finish line, we concluded our campaign at $196,661!
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Special thanks goes to Rolfe Neill, our 2016 honorary chair. He was so generous with his time and energy, and had great ideas on how to make the campaign successful.
As we say goodbye to another summer and our campers start school with fond memories of their experiences, I hope you share my excitement and gratitude for those who donated and made this all possible.