The long Columbus Day weekend provided the perfect time for a final session of Camp Sundown for 2014. Campers enjoyed the harvest season with pumpkin carving, costume creating and Halloween party, crafts and a lot of fun. We had a nice visit with Wendy Guntert and her beautiful dogs and a last night campfire featuring Billy Flash, his sons and our good friend Zach Nayer wrapped up the camp in fun style. Special thanks to our volunteers Laura, Susan, Matt, Shannon and Chris!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for registrations and information
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!
Please join us for fun, laughter and some very unique gift items on December 14th, Please call 518-929-2174 or email email@example.com 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
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!