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Camp Nissokone YMCA 2016 Annual Campaign

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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. From the dishroom window I could see the counselors and campers in the dining hall, singing songs and wearing costumes. I didn't get it at all. That's all 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 great mentors. 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 learn to connect with others as part of team. I believe with absolute certainty that the friendships and people skills  gained at camp help kids learn to how to be an important 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 2015, we helped make 74 overnight camp sessions possible. I'm absolutely determined, almost fanatic, to make more possible for more kids in 2016 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.

"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."

Give. And do so much more.

  • $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.
  • $200 will “Saddle Up” 2 Campers into our equestrian program helping them learn responsibility & trust.
  • $125 gives a week of adventure & belonging at Day Camp.
  • $50 gives a weeklong specialty program.

$1,050

MONEY RAISED
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  • Offline Donation

    $550

  • Michael and Ambra Alleman

    $100

  • Mary & Peyton Towler

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jen & Jerry

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Vicki and Natalie

    $50

  • Aunt Ellen

    $50

  • Tom 'TA' Alexander

    $50

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53% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $45,946 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Amount Raised

$41,036

 

149% Raised of $27,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lynsey Comer

Amount Raised

$2,420

 

121% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Mertz

Amount Raised

$1,050

 

53% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Henry Weyand

Amount Raised

$560

 

56% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Eva Kirkman

Amount Raised

$450

 

56% Raised of $800 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeremy Shaba

Amount Raised

$105

Fundraiser Title

Kailey Finch

Amount Raised

$100

 

67% Raised of $150 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Julius Freeland

Amount Raised

$100

Donor Comments

Tom 'TA' Alexander

Tom 'TA' Alexander

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Aunt Ellen

Aunt Ellen

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Vicki and Natalie

Vicki and Natalie

DONATION: $50

In Memory of Marion and Bob without whom maybe none of us would know about Camp Nissokone 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Jen & Jerry

Jen & Jerry

DONATION: $100

In memory of B :) 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Mary  & Peyton Towler

Mary & Peyton Towler

3 years ago

Michael and Ambra Alleman

Michael and Ambra Alleman

DONATION: $100

3 years ago