Camp is happening!
The resounding thunder of "camp! camp! camp! camp!" filled the internet as young campers recently learned that summer camp for children with cancer is on for 2014.
Camp Goodtimes West - established in 1984 - was funded and administered by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for children with cancer and their families. But earlier this year, the ACS announced that it will phase out its camp programs nation-wide by the end of 2013.
Friends and volunteers immediately coalesced to form a nonprofit organization to keep Camp Goodtimes programs up and running. The Goodtimes Project was formed as the umbrella organization and has received its non-profit 501 (c)(3 ) designation.
The transition of Camp Goodtimes to an independent non-profit is expected to be complete by mid-December. In the meantime, a Board of Directors was founded to establish and fund the new organization.
Board President Kyle "Wasabi" Krum, a volunteer since 2005, is leading the effort. "Keeping camp going for the kids is our number one priority" for all who serve on the Board.
Drumroll please ... and now announcing
In November, two key staff were hired. Carol "Domino" Mastenbrook was hired as the Executive Director. She joined with extensive leadership and start-up experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Carol is responsible for business operations and fund development. Gus "Beef" Peterson returns to camp as the "awesome" Program/Camp Director, a role he has filled for the past three years. Gus is responsible for all camp programming plus year-round program expansion as directed by the Board.Funding camp is our top priority
The 2013/14 annual budget is set at $500,000 (including a contingency fund). This amounts to around $1,700 per child served. We need your help to make this goal. Your donation at this critical time during our transition from ACS support is so important!
$1,700 funds one child's week at camp
$500 funds an out-of-town child's transportation costs
$250 funds one child for a day at camp
$100 provides needed medical supplies
$25 funds arts and crafts supplies
Pease help make camp happen for these deserving children! Please Donate now.
If you are with the Media and would like more information on The Goodtimes Project, please contact Kristin.Oke@edelman.com or Amanda.Woolley@edelman.com. Thank you.