Dear Friends, Family, and Other Favorite People:
As you may (or may not) know, last summer I returned to Michigan and embarked upon a new career adventure as Executive Director of Camp Blodgett. Camp Blodgett is a nonprofit organization that ensures finances never stand in the way of a child being able to attend summer camp. We offer week-long overnight summer camp on an income-based sliding fee scale, and the vast majority of our kids attend Camp Blodgett for $40 or less. The true cost per child is over $400, so we rely on the contributions of generous people who believe in our mission to support our work.
It is such a privilege for me to serve in this role because I know firsthand how big of an impact summer camp can have in a young person's life. I was 14 the first time I went away to summer camp (at beautiful Lake Champion in upstate New York), and this was the first time I had travelled outside of the Midwest. The relationships I built with the girls in my cabin and my counselor sustained me through difficult adolescent years, and they continue to be some of my closest friendships. White-water rafting on the way to camp and braving the high ropes course and zipline at camp were certainly the most adventurous, exciting things I had ever experienced in my young life to-date. And the travel and adventure opportunities that summer camp provided opened my eyes to a much bigger world of possibilities, laying the foundation for bigger travels and adventures later in life, and even now. I have no doubt that summer camp changed my life.
And I know that Camp Blodgett changes the lives of hundreds of kids every summer. The majority of our kids come from working families of lesser means, and even though most of them live only a 45-minute drive from Lake Michigan, many experience the BIG LAKE for the first time when they come to Camp Blodgett! This experience alone shows kids that the world is a much bigger place than they had previously known. And when combined with adventures on our climbing wall, ropes course, canoes, swimming pool, and archery field, I know that Camp Blodgett empowers kids to dream BIG for their futures. And we strive to stay connected with these kids long after they leave summer camp to support them as they reach for their dreams.
As I mentioned, as a nonprofit, we rely in large part on the investments of individuals who believe in our mission to support our life-changing work. I am so thrilled to be participating in the Art Van Charity Challenge this year – so that we can spread the word about our work and bring new supporters into the Camp Blodgett community! The Art Van Charity Challenge is a friendly fundraising competition among charities supporting children, health, and human services in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. The charity that raises the most online in the competition can win a $100,000 grand prize donation from Art Van!! Will you please donate to my campaign to help us WIN? And more importantly, to change kids’ lives this summer?
As I mentioned above, the true cost of supporting one child at summer camp is roughly $400, so my individual goal is to raised $4,000 to send 10 children to Camp Blodgett this summer. As an organization, Camp Blodgett’s goal is to raise $200,000 to cover the costs of all 500 campers we’ll host this summer. Please give as generously as you are able to help me reach these BIG goals! Your support on my newest adventure would mean the world to me.
Giving online is easy and secure! All you have to do is click the large red “DONATE” button. And if you’re still not sure if Camp Blodgett really changes lives, watch the great VIDEOS on my page and on the main Camp Blodgett fundraising page.
Thank you so much for your support!
P.S. The challenge ends June 22! And this week, we have an opportunity to win even MORE prize money through an awesome weekly bonus challenge – so if you could give soon, that would be AMAZING. Thank you!