Compass SPRING/SUMMER 2013 New Dining Hall Dedication a Milestone in Campaign for El Tesoro On June 1 Camp Fire will dedicate the new dining hall complex at Camp El Tesoro. The dedication will open with a ribbon cutting and remarks by Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association and Dr. Gary Krahn, Head of School for Trinity Valley School. Tours will follow. Other Camp Fire leaders in attendance include Liz Darling, Camp Fire National Camp Fire Board Chair and former El Tesoro camper and Cathy Tisdale, President/CEO of National Camp Fire. June 1 Ribbo n Cutt “We are grateful to have these outstanding leaders come to support and recognize the hard work and generosity of so many. This event not only signifies the opening of new buildings for our campers year round, but signifies Camp Fire’s commitment to look to the future and preserve for future generations a traditional camping experience open to every child, ” said Tod M. Miller, Campaign for El Tesoro Chairman. ing Camp El Tesoro Dining Hall ComplexRevised 04.28.2010 This event also marks an important milestone in the campaign fundraising – the public campaign requesting financial support to complete the project. The Campaign for El Tesoro has raised $7.8 million of the $10.7 million goal and is now looking to the larger community for their support. “When I think about El Tesoro being the only remaining Camp Fire camp in Texas, I realize just how fortunate we are to have such a broad support system of individuals who value the experiences and life-lessons camp provides,” added Zem Neill, CEO/President of Camp Fire First Texas. continued on page 5 Rees-Jones Foundation Supports El Tesoro de la Vida The Rees-Jones Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant to Camp Fire First Texas in support of Camp Fire El Tesoro de la Vida grief camp. The Rees-Jones Foundation grant is an example of the significant impact that private funding has on Camp Fire programs. In 2012 nearly 80% of the El Tesoro de la Vida campers requested and received financial support. This grant alone will provide funding for more than 20 full camperships or nearly 23% of these campers. Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones created the Dallas-based foundation that bears their name in 2006. The Foundation’s mission is to serve God by serving others, sharing His resources in ways that provide opportunities for the disadvantaged, relief for the suffering, and encouragement in the growth and well-being of children and families in our community. On behalf of the children we serve, Camp Fire is honored to have the support of the Rees-Jones Foundation.