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Camp Nissokone 2018 Annual Campaign

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THE STORY:

I didn't go to camp as a kid. I didn't know much about the YMCA. I started working at camp 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 encouragement of supportive role models. The opportunity to make great friends. Opportunity to learn skills that help kids believe in themselves. It's more than canoeing, archery and horseback riding. It's about believing that you can master a new skill, overcome fears, make responsible decisions and be an important part of a community.  


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. Last year, we helped make 74 camp sessions possible for children with scholarships. I'm determined to make more possible for more kids in this summer because I've seen and experienced first-hand the life-changing opportunities camp provides. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Camp helps youth and teens unplug and discover the world around them. Campers gain independence, make new friends, challenge their limits, explore the natural world, and create lifelong habits of healthy living. At camp there are trees to climb, memories to be made and campfires under the stars, all under the supervision of caring, enthusiastic staff hailing from all over the world. Not all children have access to this incredible enriching experience. 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. 


We’re committed to youth development and know lasting change comes when we all work together to invest in our children.  When you donate to Camp Nissokone, you make our community stronger through youth programs focused on: $250 provides a week of Day Camp, $500 will send a child to overnight camp, helping kids form new friendships, strengthen confidence and sharpen character. The Y raises funds so everyone, regardless of income or background, has the ability to learn, grow and thrive at camp. Every dollar donated to the YMCA CAMP NISSOKONE has a lasting impact on the children involved in our camp. 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 leaders.  
$500 gives a camper a full week of Overnight Camp helping build confidence & friendships.
$250 will give 2 campers our equestrian program to learn responsibility and riding skills.  

$50 gives a weeklong specialty program at Camp Nissokone.    

$3,825

MONEY RAISED
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  • Pam Cole

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • EVA MARIE KIRKMAN

    $100

  • Thomas S. Alexander

    $50

  • kevin perdeaux

    $25

  • Meghan Porter

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jamie Kaplan

    $100

  • Fiona Smithee

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $2,000

  • Andrea Thompson

    $250

  • Kim and Mike Rybicki

    $500

  • Kathy Wolthuis

    $50

  • Elsa Tiedeck

    $50

  • Aunt Jane

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Savina and Mindy Osann

    $100

  • Danielle Fink

    $50

  • Julia Barden

     

  • Betty Tiedeck

    $50

  • Steenie Casadei

    $100

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70% Raised of$5,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $11,980 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Great Lakes Sailing Trip

Amount Raised

$5,800

 

73% Raised of$8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Mertz

Amount Raised

$3,825

 

70% Raised of$5,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lynsey Comer

Amount Raised

$1,305

 

261% Raised of$500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nicola Leib

Amount Raised

$575

 

115% Raised of$500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Laini Wargo

Amount Raised

$250

 

83% Raised of$300 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Henry Weyand

Amount Raised

$100

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Kayla Sondey

Amount Raised

$50

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Ramon Ferrer

Amount Raised

$25

Donor Comments

Steenie Casadei

Steenie Casadei

DONATION: $100

In memory of Jessie Vogel 12 months ago

Betty Tiedeck

Betty Tiedeck

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Julia Barden

Julia Barden

For all the amazing years spent at Nisso! And all the friends I made. 12 months ago

Danielle Fink

Danielle Fink

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Savina and Mindy Osann

Savina and Mindy Osann

DONATION: $100

12 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

12 months ago

Aunt Jane

Aunt Jane

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Elsa Tiedeck

Elsa Tiedeck

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Kathy Wolthuis

Kathy Wolthuis

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Kim and Mike Rybicki

Kim and Mike Rybicki

DONATION: $500

12 months ago