I am raising money to send grieving kids to Camp Courage . . .and I need your help!
Thanks for taking a moment to take a look at my fundraiser page. Annie’s Hope (The Saint Louis Bereavement Center for Young People) is an organization that is near and dear to my heart and I appreciate your consideration.
So what is Annie’s Hope all about, and how did my family get involved? Well Annie’s Hope serves children who have lost someone important in their lives. Whether the loss be a parent, sibling or other special relationship, these children need an opportunity to grieve. They also need to know that they are not alone, and that there are other kids just like them. AH provides programs to put these kids together and help them begin to heal. I was introduced to AH several years ago. The charitable foundation of my company provided a grant and I was asked to get involved. When I was asked to give a quote about the work of AH for a company publication I responded with . . .
“In the next year, a child in St. Louis will experience a loss. Because of our company’s support of Annie’s Hope, they will not have to go through it alone.”
At the time I gave that quote, I had no idea the children I was referring to were my own.
In December of 2009, my wife Kathy was diagnosed with gastric cancer. For the next 11 months she fought through chemo, radiation and numerous surgeries and procedures. In November 2010, Kathy won the ultimate battle and went home to heaven. Throughout Kathy’s treatment, AH was there for my family. Through the Horizons Program for anticipatory grief, and various support groups and events, my children and I were able to learn how to grieve in a healthy manner.
In the summer of 2011, my daughters, Maddie and Sarah, attended a week long overnight camp for grieving kids. It is called Camp Courage and it was a wonderful experience. My daughters did all the camp things you may expect. They shot bb guns, swam, did crafts, and even did a ropes course. But as you might imagine, this camp is a bit different than others. Every child there has experienced a loss and is grieving. In addition to all the fun activities, kids also get a chance to talk about their grief, and get to know other kids just like them. The importance of Camp Courage cannot be overstated, and its impact in my children’s life is immeasurable.
So what does this have to do with you? Well, AH is a non profit organization and charges absolutely no fees for any services or camps. It is 100% free for a child to attend camp. I am on the board of directors so I see the financial statements. I can tell you that the organization is run efficiently and are great stewards of the funds raised. That being said, camp is EXPENSIVE!!! The total cost of camp runs close to $60,000. The numbers work out to a cost per camper of about $600.
As a member of the board, it is my responsibility to do a fundraising project each year. Other board members have put on events, or organized dinners or cocktail hours. I am the single father of 3 kids with a demanding career. I just don’t have time for all of that! So I’m just gonna ask (beg) you for money! Please partner with me to pay the camp expenses of 10 kids this year. Remember, AH does not charge one penny to families they serve, so every dollar that comes in the door is from fundraising, and it has to be done every year. Camp begins on July 30th, so I am running this fundraiser campaign for the month of June.
Please give whatever you are able. We are a long way from my goal of $6000, but there are many ways to get there. I have run the math numerous ways, but it boils down to this – in order to get there I need 240 donations of $25. Of course, if you are able to give more than $25, that would be wonderful. If $25 is not something you can do at this time, please feel free to give whatever amount you are able as every little bit helps. And remember, the fundraiser closes on June 30th, so please don’t delay in donating! You are able to donate directly through this site.
If you would like more information on Annie’s Hope please visit their website here at www.AnniesHope.org.
Please take a look at the rest of the site to see some
pictures of the fun kids have at camp, and check back occasionally as I will be updating this site with some additional information.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.