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Showing the positive impact your gifts make in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities.


A Brand New Camp Experience! In October, we welcomed new campers and volunteers from two North Carolina agencies: Wilkes ADAP (Adult Developmental Activity Program) and Summit Services in Ashe County. The Wilkes group was able to attend thanks to one individual’s incredibly generous donation, which covered the fee for four campers!

As one Summit volunteer put it, “Camp Blue skies represents a perfect balance between supporting people with disabilities, and giving them opportunities to try new things, feel success and practice cooperation.” The feeling is mutual, as we appreciate the amazing work these agencies do in their communities throughout the year.

Campers and volunteers alike were a bit nervous as they first embarked on this new adventure, but their We look forward enthusiasm soon did to having campers “Great scenery, nice people, away with any fears, and volunteers great food and lots of FUN!” and all that was left was from Wilkes excitement at all there ADAP and Sum-2013 CAMPER was to do and learn, mit Services join and all new friends to meet. It was an allus for many years to come! Campers are around great experience. already talking about next year, saying, "I

College Classmates are Ohio Bound! Mark your calendars for September 7-11, 2014! Camp Blue Skies is going to Ohio and my dear friends and college classmates, Jon and Brenda Holcomb are leading the charge, along with Peter James who is co-chairing our volunteer recruitment with Brenda. Jon has identified the perfect camp facility, Recreation Unlimited, located just north of Columbus, Ohio (my home town) near Ohio Wesleyan University (our alma mater).

had fun!… I want to go back!… I like the zip line!… When is the next time for camp?" We can’t wait, either!

her sleeve for our 2014 Hoops for Camp campaign in March. Amy works closely with our newest team member, Crystal Dempsey, who supports our social media efforts and the expansion of our donor base. Bridging the gap between camp fees and expenses is a constant struggle, and we appreciate all that Amy and Crystal do.

On the Home Front Clockwise from top left: Week-long volunteers Brian Fitzpatrick, Rich Henley, Jon Holcomb, Brenda Holcomb and Peter James pose with Dick Sesler.

Amy Millikan, Camp Blue Skies Development Director, is doing a great job fundraising for us. She recently secured a grant from the Levine Foundation and has some ideas up


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Mark your calendar for March 16 and fill out a bracket for Camp Blue Skies’ third annual “Hoops for Camp” N P S E , s a NCAA Bracket Chalil B Jay lenge. There are some fun surprises and changes in store for this year’s Hoops event.


 Look for our Hoops for Camp promotion-

al video in early March! Jay Bilas will be showing his support for Camp Blue Skies and encouraging to you to participate in this year’s event.  Pick your camp to support! You can play

for Georgia, North Carolina or Ohio and your contribution will go directly to support that camp.  Spread the word! Register to be a Fund-

raising Team Captain and ask your friends and family to support you in raising funds and awareness for Camp Blue Skies. You will be able to register for Hoops for Camp starting in early March. Look for an email with instructions and direct links or visit our website.

"I tried the ziplines for the first time. I learned how to take a leap of faith, then it wasn't scary anymore!" - 2013 CAMPER

Clockwise from top left: Cindy Pagano, Debby Rea with Kit Sluder, Josh Bishop on the giant swing, Tammie Dischner with camper Kelly, Sean Illgen, and Becky Harris with campers.

Our Volunteers Go Above and Beyond! Camp Blue Skies volunteers are all special and vital in making camp the wonderful place it is today…whether they spend one day or one week with us. But there are a handful of volunteers we would like to recognize for going above and beyond the call of duty. Cabin Counselors Becky Harris, Tammie Dischner, Cindy Pagano and Josh Bishop, Program Instructor Sean Illgen, and camp nurse

Debby Rea all volunteered for the full week at both October camp sessions! Your commitment, endless energy and love for camp are greatly appreciated! For more information about what it means to volunteer at Camp Blue Skies, please visit our website and click on “Volunteer Sign Up”.

Thanks to Weimin and Mari Yuan for introducing Japanese floral arranging, Chinese character writing and Asian culture to our free choice activities. Also, thank you to Girl Scout Leaders Julie Love and Billie Hightower with Girl Scouts Abby and Maddison for providing archery instruction for our campers.

Stay Up-to-Date with Camp Blue Skies! On the Web: Facebook: Camp Blue Skies Twitter: @Camp Blue Skies

Thank You to Our Recent Donors Thank you to all organizations and individuals who provide financial and in-kind support for the work of Camp Blue Skies. This list recognizes all donations from June 18, 2013 to January 7, 2014. Blue Skies ($5,000+) Andrew Boszhardt Leon Levine Foundation Salus Property Investments John G. Schreiber Zipliners ($1,000 - $4,999) Adria and Woody Appleby Darren Ash John and Anne Barry Mary Barry Allison Berkowitz Chip and Darlene Conrad Cox and Company Tom and Millie Cox Edifice, Inc. Riley and Alice Grier Jon and Brenda Holcomb Jeff Johnson Bill Kramer Art Lund Ann Malak Dorothy Moss Farmer's New World Life Insurance (Link Murphy) Phil and Marianne Norwood Kent Rinker Beverly and Ira J. Schulman

Schwab Family Charitable Contribution Tom Webb and Katherine Heath Dude Ranchers ($500 - $999) Rick Abrams Allstate (Scott Hundertmark) John and Maureen Bitoff Walter Burke Robert and Gwen Dalton Charles Dannis Marc and Marti Eason Kinsight, LLC Brian and Laurie Fitzpatrick Nat Howard Nora Jaffe Peter James Charles Anderson Kane Phillip and Sydney Nichols Trey and Marianna Sheridan Morgan Stanley CBT Charitable Trust (Brent and Clair Trexler) Cabin Mates ($250 - $499) David Babey

Circle of Love - Our Volunteers Our Circle of Love comprises the dedicated persons who have recently given their time, love and support— all priceless gifts.

Rick Abrams Grace Adams Adria Appleby Monique Auguste Jon Beall Allison Berkowitz Josh Bishop Teresa Bradford Terri Brady Rico Brown Nancy Callaway Russ Case Bill Cassidy Dede Caughman Bryan Chambers Jim Cochran Clinton Cohens Mike Coulter

Tom Cox Liza Cox Millie Cox Allison Crotty Crystal Dempsey John Detwiler Tammie Dischner Bob Dowen David Durham Christy Eayrs Fe Egas Charlie Elberson Brock Fankhauser Nicole Fankhauser Adam Fishman Haley Fitzgerald Brian Fitzpatrick Logan Foust

Peter Billington Edith Dalton Caughman Charlotte Woman's Club Jerry Clark Steve and Janice Ezzo Anne Murphy Gallagher Tom and Alice Gavigan Frank Hanna Brett and Sarah Holcomb Susan and William Kee Fanny Lineberger Neill McBryde Tobie and Steve Sasser Deborah and Jack Shaw Harry Swimmer Robert and Barrie Wiggins Stuart and Debbie Woodhouse Helping Hands (up to $249) David Alexander Allstate Mike and Helen Ruth Almond Bank of America Foundation Bradford and Alison Barry Barbara Bernath Tanya Beshears Charlie Frye Tom Gavigan Alice Gavigan Brent Gribble Tara Gudger Jim Guimond Vanessa Hall Kathy Hammack Becky Harris Mike Harris Roger Hayes Rich Henley Diane Henley Emily Henningson Maddison Hightower Billie Hightower Jon Holcomb Brenda Holcomb Tawanna Holmes Chris Howell Matt Hull Scott Hundertmark Steve Huntley Sean Illgen Gale Jackson Peter James Kristen James Tomekia Johnson-Faulkner Andy Kane Jackie Keeter Justin Keziah Denise Lawless Nicholas Lee Martha Lefevre Scott LeFevre

Fun with food! Sharon Jeanne Appleby Bolton Charles and Mary Bowman Cami Bredeson Stan and Sally Carder Dave and Wendy Castagna Bryan Chambers Smithy and Monta Curry Dean Foods Matching Gift Program Larry Delzell Tom Sternal and Martha Enzmann James Freeman Jim Geocaris Carole Gerber Ernie Glass Paul Haddock Becky and Mike Harris Daniel Hipkin Gaynelle H Ihms Frank Ix Jessie Lehmann John Lenhart Deb Lollar Julie Love Caitlin Matherly Will Messer Darren Monsanto Amy Nason Olena Northrup Mike Oelz Patsy O'Keefe Natalie Orlando Cindy Pagano Emily Peedin Allison Presnell Deborah Rea Angie Roark Shari Rognstad James Rumbaugh Danielle Schlafer Perry Sclafani

Make your picks count!

Fishing! Chris and Wendy Johnson Charles and Barbara Jones Dan Joss John Lenhart Ken and Stacy Malcolmson Gary McAvoy Bill and Amy Millikan Isabella Molinari Chase and Jennifer Monroe Jorjanne K Murry Adrienne and Stuart Pendley Richard Phillips Seth and Susan Reicher Lisa Sheffield Sarah Sparrrow Lisa Smith Ten Eyck Mary Walker Mike and Chris Wiggins Wines for Humanity Robert Wise

Shayna Smith Lisa Sowell Christie Sproles Becca Taunton B Townes Martha Townes Katie Traylor Abby Tucker Kenny Turner Cate Vaughan Gene Vaughan Jacqueline Wabler Collin Wade Liz Ward Kirk Ward Vicki White Tenisha White Charlene Williams Mari Yuan Weimin Yuan

MARCH 16, 2014

Visit between March 16-20 and donate a small bucket of change. Make your picks at CBS Sports—Camp Blue Skies Bracket League. You could be eligible to win $500 at the Apple Store!

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Save the date! HOOPS FOR CAMP March 2014

UPCOMING CAMP DATES Georgia Camp Twin Lakes March 17-21, 2014 Ohio Recreation Unlimited September 7-11, 2014 North Carolina YMCA Camp Harrison Session 1: October 4-8, 2014 Session 2: October 11-15, 2014 CONTACT INFO 704-266-2267

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On The Ground is the bi-annual newsletter for Camp Blue Skies, a nonprofit providing traditional camp experience for adults with development...

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