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Cara Allen and Dan Demers' Fundraiser:

Experience Camps for Grieving Children

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Cara Allen and Dan Demers

THE STORY:

Hello Friends and Family,

As you have probably heard :), for the past 3 years Dan and I have had the honor of being involved with Experience Camps.  These are FREE, one-week camps for boys and girls, ages 9-16, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It's a place where all kids can feel normal and nobody has to feel alone, because everyone there understands what it's like to lose someone important.  It's a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down.  

Personally, we are involved with camp to honor those in our families who have died.  For many of our young family members over the years there were no programs like this to ease that pain.  We ask you to donate in honor of someone you know who was just too young when someone they love died.  

Some Facts:

Experience Camps started in 2009 with 27 campers in Maine, and this summer we had 360 campers in Maine, New York and California. 

Next year, we're opening a 4th location at Camp Blue Ridge in Georgia to serve our southern states. 

Last summer, we had campers from 20 different states.

This year we are absolutely begging you for help since we are competing for a $1 Million grand prize in the Revlon LOVE IS ON challenge! In the Life is Good Crowdrise challenge last year, we won the grand prize of $50,000 for raising the most money. This is possible with your help!  It costs our organization $1,000 per camper for the week of camp...imagine the amount of kids we can get to camp with $1Million!!!!!

Still not convinced? Watch OUR VIDEO, a piece that was featured on The Today Show or visit our website or our Facebook page to see photos and videos from all our past summers. OR, just ask either of us anything you want to know! Warning, it may be a long conversation full of emotional stories and grand enthusiasm!  But, we can't say it as well as the kids can...here is what some of our campers have to say:

Nick's post (camper since 2010):

Over these past few months...I've gotten strong. I feel as if I'm a better person now. I've learned to love, to forget, to remember, to listen and overall I'm happy with the person I am today. I'm doing the best I can to make mom and dad happy. I just gotta keep striving day to day to prove all those wrong who doubted me and put me down through my rough journey...I think I'm doing a good job. #Strive #Success #DreamChaser #LifeGoals #MakingThemHappy #RIP #LoveYouMom #LoveYouDad 

Stephen's Note (camper since 2013): 

Experience Camps truly are the best week of the year. As a camper who goes to ManEx (Manitou Experience in Maine), I can say that it is truly the best week of the year. The bonds formed at Manitou (and all ExCamps) bind us into a community, a brotherhood if you will. We stand together, eat together, laugh together, cry together, compete together, and have fun together. Every person in ManEx, CalEx, and KenEx shares a special bond- a loss of someone near to us. Everyone understands the immense pain we all have gone through. Of course College League is amazing (Go Roadrunners!), Mr. ManEx is astounding (From the 2013 Mr. ManEx), Steve Hirsch Night is wonderful, and I am beginning to run out of adjectives to describe Instructionals, Meals, Campfires, Hikes, Games, Bunk Time, and so much more. However, I really do believe that the best part of camp is the fact that this is probably one of the only places in the world where everyone "gets" that feeling deep down inside every camper. That is where I think the Manitou Magic lies. -Stephen McNulty / 4 Year ManEx Camper / Former Mr. ManEx

Finally, if you are still reading, THANK YOU SO MUCH!  Please please help us out to raise enough to meet our personal goal of sending 5 kids to camp next summer.  Any amount is so very appreciated!!

Much love, 

Cara & Dan

REGISTER

$5,575

MONEY RAISED
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  • Cara Allen and Dan Demers

    $250

  • Bill and Nese Lundstrom

    $200

  • Steve Saars

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Dominic Valiente

    $50

  • Shira Bicknell

    $25

  • Mike and Jill McLatchy

    $100

  • Chris & Cari Retzlaff

    $100

  • Genevra and Rick Allen

    $200

  • alex camp

    $75

  • Peter DeVito

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Debra Colomb

    $50

  • Nicole Ford

    $100

  • Crystal Cruz

    $50

  • nancy clifford

    $100

  • Eve and Stephen Schaub

    $100

  • Mancooter

    $100

  • Larry Carbonetti

    $50

  • Patty Switaj

    $25

  • Liz and Niral Shah

    $75

  • Amanda & Mary

    $50

  • Cate & Rob O'Reilly

    $25

  • Pixie

    $25

  • Emily Camp

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Geoff and Cindy

    $100

  • Lynzee & Paul Demers

    $50

  • Zach Allen

    $25

  • Greg & Elisa Graceffo

    $100

  • Kenna Klosterman

     

  • Elsa Cleland

    $40

  • Nicole Giangregorio

    $100

  • Katie Derry and Clayton LeBlanc

    $50

  • Siavash

    $100

  • Phyllis hsyes

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Kristen Rice

    $100

  • Rich and Emily

    $200

  • Medical Oncology Associates of San Diego

    $1,000

  • Mohan Krishnamoorthy

    $100

  • Sunanda Pejavar

    $50

  • Terri Kopec

    $100

  • Merm

     

  • Aaron Pop

     

  • Randy Watson

    $100

  • The Wuerstle's

    $50

  • Tansy

    $20

  • Michael and Veronica James

     

  • Tom Gilligan

    $50

  • Marnie and John Kostishion

    $25

  • Shay (8) & Sophie (6) O' Reilly

    $10

  • Eppig Brewing Birthday Fundraiser

    $400

  • Eppig Brewing

    $55

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112% Raised of $5,000 Goal

The Team: $414,954 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Experience Camps

Amount Raised

$61,040

 

12% Raised of $500,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sunil Arora

Amount Raised

$30,264

 

101% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Wiley Cerilli

Amount Raised

$22,620

 

75% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ben Luntz

Amount Raised

$20,508

 

103% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Damon Leary

Amount Raised

$19,910

 

199% Raised of $10,002 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Emily Distel Herman

Amount Raised

$19,775

Fundraiser Title

Aron Weingard

Amount Raised

$16,227

 

108% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matthew Solow Gracie Lebersfeld

Amount Raised

$12,887

 

86% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Eppig Brewing

Eppig Brewing

DONATION: $55

2 years ago

Eppig Brewing Birthday Fundraiser

Eppig Brewing Birthday Fundraiser

DONATION: $400

From our amazing friends! 2 years ago

Shay (8) & Sophie (6) O' Reilly

Shay (8) & Sophie (6) O' Reilly

DONATION: $10

For Sophie's classmate Jordan who has battled cancer. From Shay & Sophie's recycling money. 2 years ago

Marnie and John Kostishion

Marnie and John Kostishion

DONATION: $25

a worthy cause! 2 years ago

Tom Gilligan

Tom Gilligan

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Michael and Veronica James

Michael and Veronica James

in memory of our sister Ruth Estrella 2 years ago

Tansy

Tansy

DONATION: $20

So glad these kids get this experience! 2 years ago

The Wuerstle's

The Wuerstle's

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Randy Watson

Randy Watson

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Aaron Pop

Aaron Pop

2 years ago