Camp Hillard   AND  Friends of Karen


Our 2016 Summer Charity Event will take place beginning July 18. All campers will participate in a fun art event during that week. Any campers choosing to participate in the charity fundraiser can make a donation. More details on how to make donations will follow shortly. All money raised will be given to Friends of Karen.

For 38 years, Friends of Karen has been providing financial, emotional and advocacy support, at no cost, to families in the New York Tri-State region who are caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illnesses.

In 2015 alone, Friends of Karen helped 669 critically ill children and 1010 of their siblings. Your donation will enable their experienced team social workers to guide families through their child's illness and help them anticipate changes in employment, family routine, financial stability, social life and school. They cover vital medical and household expenses, child care for siblings, food, and other necessities that become unmanageable when medical costs soar and parents must stop working to care for their child - and address so much more during a family's very difficult journey will illness.

Friends of Karen has consistently received the top 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial efficiency and responsibility of over 8,000 U.S. charities, and is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau, meeting 20 rigorous standards for accountability.

83 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to helping Friends of Karen's families. For more information about this summer's charity, visit the Friends of Karen website

All campers donating at least $40 per camper will receive a very special thank you package. This package will include a Camp Hillard/Friends of Karen T-shirt as well as many other surprises.

In addition, any camper donation of at least $100 per camper will entitle the camper's family to participate in a raffle for a free summer for 2017. These donations must be made this summer during the fundraiser. The winner will be announced in the Winter Newsletter, and should the winner be someone who is not returning next year to Camp Hillard, they can give the award to a friend who is.

Thanks to Camp Hillard families, we have been very successful with our annual charity events over the past 21 years. With your help and generosity, we will make this year's fundraiser the most successful ever.

To make a contribution, we recommend this online link.

While we recommend the on-line method, you can also send in a check made out to Friends of Karen.

Please put your child's first and last name, and the Tribe and Group letter in the memo space on the check.

The check can be given to the bus captain in an envelope marked "Charity check" or similar.

Thank you.

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