On November 2, 2014 I'll be running the New York City Marathon with two goals. The first is to NOT cry in a port-a-potty and the second - slightly more dignified - goal is to send 4 kids to Camp Kenan through the "Gilbert J. Mosher Friends of Camp Kenan Scholarship Fund."
If you know what the K.Y.B.O is, dread Cabin Inspection, have camped out in east field, remember the witches hat and if you LOVE bug juice...then chances are, you went to Camp Kenan. And chances are, those weeks spent at Camp Kenan were some of the best of your life and the people you met have remained some of your closest friends.
I spent many summers - from s-p-a-c-e space-space cadet through to LIT, CIT, JC, SC and then Athletics Director - at Camp Kenan, and though its been awhile since I last stomped in the messhall, those summers definitely played a major part in shaping who I am today.
And who I am today is someone who likes to run. A lot. As it turns out, I will be running my sixth (count them..1-2..) marathon on Nov. 2 with two of my best friends - friends that I grew up with at Camp Kenan. So I thought to myself, why not use the marathon as an opportunity to raise funds to send kids to camp who may not otherwise be afforded such an experience.
The Friends of Camp Kenan - a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by former staff members - seeks to give back to the place that had such a large influence on their lives. They seek out kids from local churches and schools who may benefit from the Camp Kenan experience, and in 2011-2012 the Friends of CK were able to send 21 kids to camp as a result of fundraising efforts.
In my own effort to give back to the place that gave so much to me, I have set a goal of sending 4 kids to camp in 2015. This means I need to raise $1000. Easy!
If you are able to make a donation of $20 or more, you may receive a tax receipt*; but with ANY donation you are guaranteed to feel warm and fuzzy - knowing you're throwing your hard earned dollars towards a great cause.
*I can't guarantee that Canadians are eligible for a tax receipt from an American charity, but am working on the logistics.