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Camp Nissokone 2017 Annual Campaign

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BENEFITING: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

ORGANIZER: YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

EVENT: YMCA Camp Nissokone

EVENT DATE: Jun 30, 2017

Ryan Mertz

THE STORY:

I didn't go to camp as a kid. I didn't know much about the YMCA. I started at Camp Nissokone as a Dishwasher because it was close enough to my parent's house to ride my bike to work. From the dishroom window I could see the counselors and campers in the dining hall, singing songs and wearing costumes. I didn't understand why. That's changed now.

It took a few years, but I finally 'got it.' Camp, and the YMCA, are about opportunity. Opportunity to grow as an individual in a supportive environment, with the encouragment of supportive role models. The opportunity to make great friends. Opportunity to learn skills that help kids believe in themselves. It's more than sailing, ziplining and horseback riding. It's about believing that you can master a new skill, overcome fears, make responsible decisions and becooming an important part of team. I believe with absolute certainty that the friendships and people skills  gained at camp help kids learn to how to be a part of a healthy community and a responsible, respectful, caring, honest, person. Our staff at Nissokone are passionate about making a difference in the world one child at a time.

In 2016, we helped make 87 camp sessions possible with scholarships. I'm absolutely determined to make more possible for more kids in 2017 because I've seen and experienced first-hand the life-changing opportunities Camp Nissokone provides..

Give. And do so much more.

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. We’re committed to strengthening community and believe that lasting change comes when we all work together to invest in our children. We count on the generosity of people like you to help give kids this life-changing experience. Your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact- lifelong friendships, new skills and new self-confidence learned at Camp Nissokone.

Camper's Story: "I had originally decided to go to camp because I wanted to ride horses every day for two weeks straight. What ended up being the real camp story was something I never expected and has totally changed me for life. I can't even express using words how I felt about myself before Nisso. It was not. good. I have a pretty good memory, so there are many things in my life that I feel I'll remember forever. One thing I know I'll never EVER forget is the parking lot for the bus. I was scared senseless because I was convinced that the only friends I was going to make were the horses. Then I got on the bus and this girl who looked so much cooler than me wanted to sit with me on the ride to camp. Then after spending 3 hours with me she still wanted to be bunk mates. I still remember not knowing how to react to that. That stupid sign on the front of the bus said "FUN BOUND". It should have said "YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO CHANGE FOREVER TODAY. BE PREPARED." Thanks, Piper. Not to get all sentimental on y'all, but I always thought you should know how important that was for me. I'm seriously tearing up right now. That place was nothing short of magic. Amusingly enough, I have all the free access to horses that I want now, and all I want is Nisso. You’re never be the same again, whether you realize it right away or later on."

Every dollar donated to the YMCA CAMP NISSOKONE has a lasting impact on the people involved in our CAMPS.Give today for a better us.

$1000 gives 2 young leaders our Counselor- in-Training (CIT) Leadership Development program, instilling the values & inspiration for tomorrow’s role-models and leaders.

$500 gives a Camper a full week of Overnight Camp helping build confidence & friendships.

$300 will “Saddle Up” 2 Campers into our equestrian program helping them learn responsibility & trust.

$50 gives a weeklong specialty program.

 

$2,685

MONEY RAISED
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  • Marchien Marshall

    $25

  • Jamie Kaplan

    $250

  • John "Willie" Wank

    $250

  • Pointview Products

    $1,000

  • Tom (TA) Alexander

    $50

  • Stacy Trosell

    $25

  • Meghan Porter

    $25

  • Laini

    $50

  • Jamie Kaplan

    $100

  • Alex Porambo

    $25

  • Tom (TA) Alexander

    $50

  • Rachel Leider

    $25

  • Abby Rennels

    $50

  • Paula H '71-'76

    $50

  • Eliz Mooney Simon

     

  • Sarah Rorabacher

    $25

  • Melissa McCance

    $50

  • Meredith Macaulay

    $50

  • Julia Barden

    $50

  • Jan Rich

     

  • Noelle Brand

     

  • Tiedeck family

    $25

  • Jacson, Fynn, and Callum Comer

     

  • Steenie

    $30

  • Lisa & Jack Porter

    $50

  • Susan Lightner

    $50

  • Amanda Hurite

    $25

  • Guppolupogus

    $50

  • Steenie

    $55

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100% Raised of $2,683 Goal

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The Team: $3,265 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Ryan Mertz

Amount Raised

$2,685

 

100% Raised of $2,683 Goal

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Greta Kohls

Amount Raised

$220

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Amadeusz Gawronski

Amount Raised

$125

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Ellie Paulson

Amount Raised

$75

 

25% Raised of $300 Goal

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Jeremy Shaba

Amount Raised

$75

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Henry Weyand

Amount Raised

$50

 

5% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Campbell Culling

Amount Raised

$35

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YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $50,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Steenie

Steenie

DONATION: $55

1 year ago

Guppolupogus

Guppolupogus

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Amanda Hurite

Amanda Hurite

DONATION: $25

Camp was the best 10 summers of my life. I love Nissokone more than any place in the world. I can't wait to help someone else get this experience. 1 year ago

Susan Lightner

Susan Lightner

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Lisa & Jack Porter

Lisa & Jack Porter

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Steenie

Steenie

DONATION: $30

1 year ago

Jacson, Fynn, and Callum Comer

Jacson, Fynn, and Callum Comer

1 year ago

Tiedeck family

Tiedeck family

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Noelle Brand

Noelle Brand

1 year ago

Jan Rich

Jan Rich

1 year ago