Dining Hall, Camp Oh-Neh-Tah

A Very Special Request...

by Alex Rizzotti

{Camp Talako / Camp Tawanka}


Hello everyone,

It was a sincere pleasure meeting you all and listening to your wonderful and enriching camp experiences dating back over half a century ago. It was all truly amazing!!! Everyone had a personal story of “success” to share which was a true testament of the world class camping program, developed and run under the leadership of the Girls' Vacation Fund, Inc./Boys Athletic League.

The foundation of this program is still in existence and now serves needy children supported under the not-for-profit organization, Homes for the Homeless Summer Camps, Inc. As you are all aware, significant needs exist for the children, the living quarters and recreation sites. After visiting the camp sites this summer, and seeing first hand these needs, especially talking with the children and hearing their stories, I have made a personal commitment do what I can to raise capital to aid in this effort, and would like to encourage you all to use your resources to do the same. Your time, effort and generosity ensures that these projects and programs remain strong and will help empower struggling children with the necessary tools to gain the confidence they need to excel in this very competitive environment we live in, and give them the ability to believe they can elevate their hearts and minds to make a difference wherever they go. Their lives will be impacted forever….as were ours.

I would like to ask you to think about driving this agenda full throttle with enthusiasm and motivation – the two very contagious elements that miracles are made of. Reach out to your friends, family members, co-workers and employers for donations. Check with your Human Resources department to see if your company offers a matching gift program. Most companies will match contributions dollar-for-dollar. Larger corporations will have their own foundations that provide capital to not-for-profit organizations within their respective communities. Set up a giving can or cake sale at fairs run by your local churches, schools, VFW’s, Lion’s Clubs, Police and Fire Departments etc., a letter writing or email campaign is a good means as well. Get your neighborhood kids and senior citizens involved. Instead of sending our Holiday cards, donate the money you would spend on cards and stamps and just send a cheery e-mail to your friends and families – it is real personal touch !

There are countless ways to raise capital and have loads of fun doing it. It is our turn to give back the good fortune we were so blessed to have received to help these children – our future leaders.

Please be sure to make any contributions payable to: “Homes for the Homeless Summer Camps, Inc.” so we can be sure the funds are earmarked for the camps.

Their address is

Homes for the Homeless Summer Camps, Inc.
36 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003

Thank you all for taking the time to read this note. If anyone has any fund raising ideas to share please do so……. In the Spirit of Camping……let's get busy !!!!!!



August 2005

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