Camp Hillard     AND    Focus For A Future


Our 2018 Summer Charity Event will take place beginning July 16.  All campers will participate in a fun basketball event, Hoops for Hillard, during that week. Any campers choosing to participate in the charity fundraiser can make a donation. All money raised will be given to Focus For A Future.

Focus For A Future is a nonprofit organization that has been working with over 120 top sleepaway and day camps since 2003 to provide opportunities for children to attend summer camp who would not otherwise be able to afford to do so. While the camps, including Camp Hillard, offer full-tuition scholarships to those children identified by Focus for A Future, there are also other expenses such as providing the campers with various supplies and equipment needed for camp. During the Summer of 2018, Focus For A Future placed 448 children in summer camps.

Focus For A Future is led by Paula and Jack Kaminer, along with a volunteer Board of Directors. Paula and Jack have a long history with camp and education. Among other things, Jack taught for 21 years at Scarsdale High School, where he was also the head basketball coach for many years and became a Westchester and New York State hall of fame coach. In 2003 they decided to create Focus For A Future.

The work of Focus For A Future has allowed many children for over 15 years to have a camp experience. Many of these campers have also become staff members at their camps, and the experience has clearly made them more self-confident and has helped improve all of the skills needed to become successful students and eventually adults.

Camp Hillard is proud to be associated with Focus For A Future and we are very excited to be doing this year's charity fundraiser with them. All of the money raised will help Focus For A Future to continue as an organization and also to help purchase supplies and equipment that these campers need for camp.

All campers donating at least $40 per camper will receive a special thank you package. This package will include a Camp Hillard/Focus For A Future T-shirt as well as many other surprises.

In addition, any camper donation of at least $100 per camper will entitle the camper's family to participate in a raffle for a free summer for 2019. The winner will be announced in the Winter Newsletter, and should the winner be someone not returning to Camp Hillard, they can give the award to a friend who is.

Thanks to Camp Hillard families, we have been very successful with our annual charity events over the past 23 years. With your help and generosity, we will make this year's fundraiser the most successful ever.

To make a contribution, you can send in a check made out to Focus For A Future. Please put your child's first and last name, and the Tribe and Group letter in the memo space on the check. The check can be given to the bus captain in an envelope marked "Charity check" or similar.

Thank you.

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