In this season of promise, abundance, and gratitude I am always so overwhelmed when I reflect on the many friends of Camp Alleghany. Each of you are in our hearts and your love for Ghany fills us with joy!
One group of friends that has consistently awed us with their love for Camp Alleghany is the Camp Alleghany Alumni Association, an independent group that formed with a mission to,
“…support Camp Alleghany’s mission by uniting, giving, and enriching alumni, friends, and campers through loyalty and stewardship.”
This group of people, currently lead by its President, Beth-Anne Clark Thomas (B.A.), continually blesses Alleghany with gifts of their presence, dedication, love, and care for a camp that they all love so much. In part because of their efforts, we have such a strong community of alum and friends who are able to stay connected with us and us with them, making the traditions and ties of Camp Alleghany even stronger.
We are so thankful for this.
So the other day I sat down (well, via e-mail!) with Eddy Eckart, their Vice President of Development, to ask him about how things are going with the group and to talk about more concerning the latest outreach efforts.
For one thing, the group is reaching out for its annual membership drive. They want everyone who has been touched by a Camp Alleghany experience to stay connected! So for just $25 a year, new members join a league of passionate alum and friends, and on-going members stay involved!
Part of what they like to do is to give back to camp in ways that help them keep alive in their hearts all that they experienced in and through camp. To this end, the CAAA has been active in helping with some capital improvements around our facilities. This has been so generous and we’re so grateful for not only their contributions, but for their ideas and presence in the process!
They’ve also begun the Lantern Scholarship Fund, which issued its first scholarship aid to campers this past summer. Well, let me share what Eddy had to say:
Over the last year and a half, I have had the pleasure of being the head of the CAAA Scholarship Committee. It’s been very rewarding to work with several people who love Camp Alleghany dearly and want to help share it with others. More broadly, I’ve been touched by all the great Alleghany experiences I’ve heard during our fundraising effort. Seeing the ‘Ghany community coalesce around the scholarship cause has been a beautiful thing.
Last year, in our first summer of the program, we awarded two scholarships, and hope to provide many more in the coming years. Being a part of the community effort that sent those girls attend camp was a very happy moment for me. As a former Green Team member, my context and experience of Camp Alleghany is different than most. But I know the kind of person that ‘Ghany helps build, and am thrilled that we as a community have come together to help provide that opportunity to some truly great girls and young women.
As our program heads into its second year of implementation, we are proud to say that with your help, ongoing fundraising has been very successful, and we look forward to helping girls attend camp for many years to come!
Camp as a gift
If you’d like to help a girl to go to camp, you can contribute to The Lantern Fund. There’s even a place to contribute in memory of someone dear to you, including camp alum.
Other ways to give to the CAAA include donations to support the organization, which starts with becoming a member!
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls