Meghan Elyse Fruchter 1985-2014

It is with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to a dear friend, Meghan. To anyone who has ever been to, heard of, or seen Camp Sundown in action, you no doubt met Meghan in one form or another over the last nineteen years. She started as a camper coming with her family and has spent the last many years as a vital and integral part of how the whole program functions.  From being “Queen of the Laundry Room” to organizing activities, games, awards around the campfire, Meghan shared with all of us her talents, creativity, caring and thoughtful spirit , always with her big smile and “hey, I got you” giggle. Her presence is very visible in the artwork of the poolroom, her “hobo” hotel, the hogwarts and school bus props, the glow in the dark twister game.  It is so very hard to fathom her not being here, and we will expand on this portrait of Meghan in the upcoming weeks, but for now we want to say we love you, miss you and will never forget your beautiful soul, Meghan.

At the request of Meghan’s loving family, a donation to Camp Sundown in Meghan’s memory can be made out to “XP Society” with “Meghan” in the memo and sent to: XP Society/437 Snydertown Rd, /Craryville, NY 12521. Donations will be used for Camp Sundown, of which Meghan was a critical part.   Donations will be acknowledged and Meghan’s family will be notified of your thoughtful generosity. Thank you.

Camp Sundown 2014 Registration

Camp Sundown sessions for 2014 are:

Monday, July 7-Sunday July 13 Session One FULL

Wednesday July 16- Sunday July 20  Session Two (New and Returning campers) FULL

All summer sessions for Camp Sundown 2014 are now full. Stay tuned for an October Harvest Moon camp if funding allows!

Please contact us at for registrations and information

Comedy Night Dinner and Auction

The end of the year event was a dinner, comedy show and auction that raised $5000 for Camp Sundown. Many wonderful items were donated by local businesses to encourage healthy bidding as well as famous folks like Paul Jr. Designs, ESPN, WWE, Brad Paisley and the NY Yankees and NY Jets. People were able to bid on packages for the holidays, outdoor sports, dinners and shows, etc and enjoy a wonderful meal served at Tina’s restaurant in LaGrange, NY.

The Crystal Star Award was presented to Brad Goldhammer for “commitment and dedication to the XP Society and Camp Sundown” by Meghan Fruchter, who shared fond memories of being a young camper in 1997 when Brad first volunteered. He and his family have been active volunteers since then!




Camp Sundown Dinner/Comedy/Auction Night!

Fundraiser2 (792x576)Please join us for fun, laughter and some very unique gift items on December 14th, Please call 518-929-2174 or email for information, reservations or to pick up donations. Still seeking ad sponsors. Limited seating, so call now!

We’ve got show tickets, sports outings, concert tickets and Meet and Greets, ESPN, Yankee and other sports collectibles and memorabilia, antiques, nice dinners, painting parties and wine tastings, samples from the Paul Jr Designs collection, and so much more!


Clair Hughes of the Albany Times Union wrote a lovely article on Camp Sundown after her visit with us during Camp. Read Story Here

Thank You DFC!


The elegant Wilzig Racing Manor was the backdrop for a spectacular event June 30. Just shy of 50 drivers of the Driving Force Club (DFC) showed up in vehicles as varied as the drivers themselves. As a result, over $15,600 (and still climbing)  was raised to benefit Camp Sundown and the XP Society. This represents 75% of the costs in running the camp programs for two weeks this July. The outpouring of generosity is not new to WRM or DFC. Visit their homepages to see the many worthy causes they support. We are honored and overwhelmed that this time we were chosen. Professional photos of this event were taken by J.D.S. Photography and are available for viewing at:  JDS Photography.

Nowhere else in the world is the spirit of giving greater than in the USA. If the element of human compassion did not exist through these fine organizations and individuals, Camp Sundown would not exist. Thank you so very much!





Keybank Cleans Up

May 22, 2013
KEYBANK employees help Camp Sundown Blossom:
Craryville, NY

As part of its national Neighbors Make A Difference Day, nine employees
representing KeyBank offices in Copake, Hudson and Philmont, gathered at
Camp Sundown in Craryville to volunteer their combined efforts in
beautifying the grounds of the unique to the world night camp. From
weeding, planting and mulching, front gardens to the building for children
who can’t be in daylight were decorated with colorful plants and flowers
to welcome the 2013 season of campers.

Camp Sundown began in 1996 by Dan and Caren Mahar as a way to help
children like their daughter Katie and their families who were diagnosed
with xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a rare, life-threatening
light-sensitivity disease. XP is an aging condition whereby the body can
not repair damage done to DNA by sunlight. XP sufferers are 10,000x more
susceptible to skin and eye cancers than anyone else in the general
population. Unless protected from sunlight and other man-made UV sources,
XP patients can expect hundreds of cancers requiring surgeries, skin
grafts, cornea transplants and chemical treatments. Most will not live to

Camp Sundown provides a special haven away from UV light allowing campers
and their families to be safe while enjoying education from experts, the
support of each other, normal kid fun and life-long friendships under the
safety of the stars. Camp has always been free to families because of
generous donations of time, talent, meals and special volunteer gifts like
the KEYBANK project on the gardens.

KEYBANK has been hosting its Neighbors Make a Difference Day for 23 years.
This year alone, over 900 projects will be completed throughout the
country involving 7,500 employees donating their time and talents. For
information on KEYBANK’s volunteerism, please visit  For
information about Camp Sundown and XP and how you can make a difference,
please visit or call 518-851-3466.