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Enhancing the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through recreation, socialization and life skills education.


An Experience for More Than Just the Campers Camp is for campers, right? While that’s certainly true, it’s also great for parents and caregivers! Just ask Amanda Manuel, whose daughter Doree attended our Ohio session. “Camp Blue Skies was a special blessing to us this year,” she shared. After a house fire in April, they were “all tired and weary. Doree was especially anxious and depressed from all the change, and she hadn’t really smiled in a while.” One important aspect was feeling confident in the Camp Blue Skies experience. “Because of my many conversations with

the camp staff, I was able to drop Doree off and know she was safe and would be in good, caring hands.” Affordability was another key factor. “It really helped that so many people had put so much time into fundraising so it was affordable. We chose a payment plan and said let’s go for it!” Through daily photos, they could see that Doree was enjoying herself and that she was “smiling and having fun again.” Reassured, she says they were able to have some much-needed rest and have some fun on their own. She adds, “I am such a fan of Camp Blue Skies now.” So every time you see the smiling face of a camper, remember that those who love and care for them daily are enjoying their time as well, free from their typical routine for a few days. Everyone’s a winner with Camp Blue Skies!

Camp Blue Skies Celebrates Five Years of Service! Camp Blue Skies - Ohio was a homecoming for me, as I was born, raised and went to college in Columbus. Each trip I made to recruit campers and volunteers brought back fond memories, and so many of my old friends have stepped up to become generous donors and volunteers. My fraternity brother Jon Holcomb and his wife Brenda, classmates of mine at Ohio Wesleyan University, worked tirelessly to head up the camp and make it a success. What a thrill to spend time with them throughout the year and be there to see the results!

been easy, but we’ve come farther than I ever dreamed. And none of this would have been possible without the work of our core team members - Rebecca, Liz, Kit, Amy, Alison and Crystal. I can’t thank them enough for their dedication, expertise, and their passion for the campers, volunteers, nurses, and caregivers. They are simply the best!

Dick Sesler, Camp Blue Skies Founder

It’s hard to believe that Camp Blue Skies is celebrating its fifth year. The road hasn’t




Welcome to the Team! As Camp Blue Skies continues to grow, so does the team that makes our camps possible. Please welcome: Debra Lowery of New Albany, Ohio, has been named Director of Camp Blue Skies-Ohio. Debra will be the local face of CBS and will oversee recruitment of campers and volunteers, support fundraising efforts, and work with the Foundation office to coordinate the logistics of the Ohio session. Leighann Swanson, an independent fundraising consultant, is working with Camp Blue Skies Foundation as Development Director for NC Camps. Her role includes orchestrating the spring NCAA Hoops for Camp Bracket Challenge, the fall Hooked on Camp Fishing Derby, and managing donor relations to benefit NC Camps.

HOOPS FOR CAMP RETURNS MARCH 15! Whether you’re a college basketball fan or not, you likely fill out a bracket during the NCAA tourney just for the heck of it or to participate in a pool. Hoops For Camp, our annual online fundraiser, gives those picks a chance to do some good and change lives. You donate $10 to play and all of the money goes to Camp Blue Skies. Plus, the winner gets a sweet prize! Watch your email and our social media channels for the skinny on how to sign up to be a team captain and how to make your picks!

a special thank you... Huge shout out to volunteer, Michael Coulter, for attending five consecutive Camp Blue Skies sessions! Having learned about camp through a close friend and CBS volunteer, Mike first joined us in 2013 for one of our North Carolina sessions…got “hooked” as the saying goes…and attended all 2014 sessions in GA, OH and NC! He assists in everything from camp set-up to fishing assistant to cabin counselor. Thank you for your dedication and being a part of our Camp Blue Skies family!

WHO KNEW EXERCISE COULD BE SUCH A BALL! Campers and volunteers put some bounce into their workout in a safe and fun way! We are so thankful to Jim Guimond for developing an innovative, fun and approachable exercise program for our campers this fall. "Balance Your Body" teaches our campers and volunteers how to get a great workout using stability balls. Campers bounce, balance, throw and giggle their way through an exercise program.

We are thrilled to announce that Jim will also be joining us in March at Camp Blue Skies - Georgia! Jim is a Life Coach, Fitness Technology Consultant, Personal Trainer, Triathlete, CBS volunteer and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.

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 2, 2014 to Jan. 29, 2015. Blue Skies ($5,000+) John and Judy Alexander Andrew Boszhardt Dynamic Health and Pain Management The Leon Levine Foundation Matesich Distributing Co. Pacific Life Foundation Reemprise Fund SEED20 Solstice Foundation Zipliners ($1,000 - $4,999) Adria and Woody Appleby Janet & Dale Armstrong Darren Ash Lewis Barnhardt John and Anne Barry Mary Barry John and Mary Ann Boorn CBRE Foundation Ken Bartels and Jane Condon J.H. Beall, III John and Josephine Beall Kelly A. Bergstrom Ken Browder Scott (Brandon) Burrows Karen McKeel Calby Chip and Darlene Conrad Cox and Company Robert and Gwen Dalton Michael Demo Lolly and Matthew Dominski Fairfield Chair Company Elizabeth Gordon Riley and Alice Grier Harker Doerre LLC Jon and Brenda Holcomb Nora Jaffe Jeff Johnson Bill Kramer John Lenhart Leonard Herring Foundation Art Lund Jack Marks Bruno Molinari Dorothy Moss Phil and Marianne Norwood Thomas and Chris O'Boyle

Patterson Heating and Air Conditioning Robert B Taylor Foundation John G. Schreiber Beverly and Ira J. Schulman Nelson Schwab III Walter Sprunt Linda Mackey Stude Raymond and Candace Tesner WM-NC Philanthropic South Tom Webb and Katherine Heath Wells Fargo John Whitt Melanie Williams

Jan and Bob McGrath Phillip and Sydney Nichols Real Estate Development Partners Bob Perkowitz and Lisa Renstrom Ivon and Blair Rohrer Doug and Tracy Sheffield Trey and Marianna Sheridan Paul Steffens Harry Swimmer Jenny and Wes Taubel Brent and Claire Trexler Philip Vineyard Mary Lillie Talton Wilkins

Dude Ranchers ($500 - $999) Rick Abrams David Alexander Allstate Catherine and John Barnes Jonathan Beall Berman Capital Advisors Melissa and Douglas Biggs Greg Blinn Wally and Martha Burke Regina Burris Scott Lindsay Byrd Bobby C Carver Edith Dalton Caughman Charlotte Woman's Club David and Edith Collie Doug Faris Charitable Fund Brian and Laurie Fitzpatrick Foreign Cars Italia Doug Foster Steve and Michelle Gassaway Carrie Guerrette Nat Howard Bill and Marci Ingram JP Morgan Chase Foundation Peter James Nancy Klein Mark and Kelsey Lin Deborah and Jim Lollar Jim Matesich Al and Lil McAulay Kaci and Julian McCamy

Cabin Mates ($250 - $499) Scott and Christine Arnold Bank of America Foundation Trey and Melissa Barry Peter Billington Catherine Bessant David and Trudy Brower Charlotte Buchanan Mike Carroll Jade Carter Russ and Bonnie Case Mike Catanese Jerry and Elizabeth Clark Thomas Miles Cox Denim House Miki Eide Tom Sternal and Martha Enzmann Pat and Anne Gallagher Lindsay Gerakitis Mary Gerakitis Andy and Jenny Gitelson Cory and Katherine Hohnbaum Matthew Steven Holcomb John and Shelly Kacergis David and Jennifer Kahn Family Foundation Andy and Florence Kane Fanny Lineberger Neill McBryde Townsend Morgan Pat Murphy

Katherine Papazoglou Bob and Nancy Rietz Sally and Downie Saussy Ryan and Betsy Sawyer Deborah and Jack Shaw The Vaughan Charitable Fund Suzanne and Craig Veazey Kirk and Liz Ward Mike and Chris Wiggins Anne and Fletcher Wright

Greg Cox Smithy and Monta Curry Bonnie Curtis William Cutter Davis Larry and Paula Delzell Kripa Dhandha Katrina Dietz Elaine Dinos Dave Dougherty and Anita Blanchard Bob Dowen Helping Hands Kelley Dunlap (up to $249) Ryan Dunlap Kirk Adams Melissa Emery Grace Aldridge Steve and Janice Ezzo Wills and Anna Allen Sara Finan Adam Allman William Foster Mike and Helen Ruth Almond Jayne Frazier Jack Arnold James Freeman Melissa Bailey Gaston Radiology Betty Barbee Jim and Diane Geocaris John Barlow Ernie Glass Josh Becker Thomas and Kathy Chris Belk Golembeski Katherine Bell Fay Grasty Bilijack Bell Rex and Nancy Gribble Robbie Bernstein Carolina Whitlock Gupton Sam Bind Paul Haddock James Blecke, Jr. Anne Haliburton Linda Blevins Addie Hall Sharon Jeanne Appleby Bolton Kathryn Hammack Katie Boone Jamie and Molly Hargather Martha Bosworth Nicole Harmon John Bottini Jane Harrington Bob and Marilynn Bowler Becky and Mike Harris Charles and Mary Bowman Matthew T Harris Mary Ann and Nina Harris John W. Boynton Julie Hausner Margaret Bracey Hannah Heck Douglas Brackett Chrissie Henritze Cami Bredeson Andrew J. Hill Kimberly Brewster Marcia and Allen Jackson Brian Budnick Catherine Jaxon Katie Byrd Jay Johnston Stephen and Jaclyn Cannon Charles and Barbara Jones Mason Lee Cardwell Kenna and Phillip Jordan Violet Carter Chambless Kalka Bill Cassidy Charlotte K Karriker Dave and Wendy Castagna Wallace Karutz Dylan Cavin Lauren Kelso Bryan Chambers Joni Kennedy Ed Cherry Courtney Kirk Georger McArthur Clubb II Bonnie Kirkpatrick Aimee Connolly Willard McNitt Annie Cook Naancy and Michael Kota Val Copeland (Continued on page 4)

Camp Blue Skies Receives $10,000 Levine Foundation Challenge Grant! As a special incentive for our year-end fundraiser, the Leon Levine Foundation pledged a $10,000 grant to Camp Blue Skies if we reached our $40,000 goal by Dec. 31. Thanks to your incredible generosity, we received more than $60,000 by the deadline. Your gifts make it possible for Camp Blue Skies to continue changing the lives of campers, caregivers and volunteers! A special thank you to the Levine Foundation for its continued support. The Levine Foundation, started in 1980 by Family Dollar founder Leon Levine, seeks to create permanent, measurable, life-changing impact by investing in organizations with highly effective leadership, a track record of success and a focus on sustainability.

Circle of L

ve - Our Volunteers

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

NC Volunteers Rick Abrams Grace Adams Brandon Adkins Brant Aycock Brittany Balduf Jon Beall Allison Berkowitz Josh Bishop Greg Blinn April Bridgeman Katie Brooks Katlyn Brown Russ Case Bill Cassidy Dede Caughman Bryan Chambers Jo Cheng Mike Coulter

Millie Cox Tom Cox Allison Crotty Marlissa Cunningham Elaine Cyphers Gail Dawkins John Detwiler Tam Dischner Bob Dowen David Durham Ashley Ellis Brock Fankhauser Nicole Fankhauser Adam Fishman Anna Fong Alice Gavigan Tom Gavigan Caroline Greene Brent Gribble

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Ralph B Patterson Bradley and Lelia Pratt Tessa Reams Mary and James Reedy Don and Sara Regan Cameron Reynolds Angie Roark Reed Roberts Raj Shah Janice M. and M. Joseph Shrader Carol Sluder Gregor Smith Erica Starkey Sara Stevens Josh Sullivan Sunny Furniture (Debra Spigner) John Taylor Krista Terrell Miles Theodore Charlie Thompson Mary and John Tinkey Laura Torbert Laura Troup Rich Vann Mary Walker Becton Wallace Katherine Ward

Joe and Jerri Kropp Kathleen and Michael Laccinole David Lanier Page Leggett Lauren Lindenbaum Andrea Long Katherine and Pierce Lowrey Tucker Mahoney Ned Martin Edward and Lynne McAdams Matt McCord James McElroy Callie Michael Michele Miller Houck Joel and Bonnie Millikan Chase and Jennifer Monroe Jim and Diane Montgomery Christy Moran Lori Beth Morris Stephanie Nelson Brittany and Hendrik Nollens Lewis Grady Norman Tom and Amy Okel Aubrey Leigh Parker

Tara Gudger Jim Guimond Becky Harris Mike Harris Roger Hayes Matt Hull Scott Hundertmark Steve Huntley Kenny Jackson Gale Jackson Kristen James Andy Kane Katie Ke Rick Keener Jackie Keeter Becca Lassiter Joe Layman Nicholas Lee Martha Lefevre Scott Lefevre Jessie Lehmann John Lenhart Deb Lollar Jack Marks Shannon Maxwell Heidi McGovern Doc McKee Jessica McKinney Chris Mollica Darren Monsanto Shannon Neal Tom O'Boyle Jessica Osteen Cindy Pagano Susan Painter Allison Presnell Myia Ragland Debby Rea Angie Roark

Shari Rognstad James Rumbaugh Perry Sclafani Kelsie Sellers Mark Sluder Lisa Sowell Christie Sproles Leah Stapleton Dan Sturzenbecker Becca Taunton Katie Traylor Kenny Turner Cate Vaughan Gene Vaughan Jacqueline Wabler Liz Ward Kirk Ward Tenisha White Jessica Williams Bobbie Williamson Yamo Yamanashi Mari Yuan

Sarah Warren Edie Waterer Price Weaver Caroline Weimar John Wester Catherine Whitis Betsy Wilcox

Matt Williams Matt Wirth Stuart and Debbie Woodhouse Tyler Wynne Daniel Yates Weimin and Mari Yuan Michael Zelickson

Ohio Volunteers Estefania Amparo Jackie Blake Jeff Blake Mike Coulter Alan Davis Lori Degross Brian Fitzpatrick Tim Flossie Molly Fontana Amber Frost Susie Gafford Anne Gerlach Ann Gerwin Becky Harris Mike Harris

Richard Henley Mary Lou Himmel Ashley Holcomb Carrie Ingham Marci Ingram Peter James Kit Johnson Catsy Johnston Bonnie Kirkpatrick Melissa Lacroix John Lenhart Les Harmeyer Jessica Lewandowski Nathan Lewandowski Theresa Lien Jenny Mason Darren Monsanto Bobby Murphy Jennie Nicol Rebecca North Cindy Pagano Eric Place Tobie Sasser Mindy Saunders Doug Sheffield Cory Smith Scott Taylor Candy Tesner Michael Tharp Jim Uihlein Marty Walker Carol Wallace Mary Wheeler Peggy Williams Michelle Witherspoon Bethany Woerth Greg Woerth Jackie Yarletts

Marilyn Zilka Daniel & Alicia Zink Mike and Diane Zink

be sure to mark these dates on your calendar!


MARCH Camp Blue Skies-Georgia March 16-20, Camp Twin Lakes, Rutledge Sign up through Feb. 20 Volunteer Orientation: March 15 Info: Hoops For Camp Fundraiser March 15-21, Online Info:

FUND RAISERS AND FRIENDS RAISERS This fall has been action packed, raising all kinds of support for Camp Blue Skies!



BBQ, Blues & Brews, a first time event at Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta was held Oct. 22. With over 150 guests in attendance, Dick Sesler said "the atmosphere was electric and full of energy."

The Hooked on Camp Fishing Derby took place in October on Lake Broyhill at Camp Harrison. Eighteen fishermen enjoyed a beautiful fall morning of fishing that raised over $17,000!



Jon Beall and Jim Guimond, NC volunteers, conducted a letter campaign, reaching out to family and friends to raise awareness and over $12,000 for Camp Blue Skies.

Camp Ambassadors, a newly formed group that serves to promote camp in the Charlotte community, hosted a "friendraiser" for Monday Night Football at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. The Panthers lost, but Camp Blue Skies scored big time with more than 100 attendees!

 RAINBOWS OF SUPPORT Rainbow Loom Bracelets were for sale at a Clemson football game by Ellie, Clair and Luke Dixon, the grandchildren of volunteer John Lenhart. These future volunteers donated all of their $40 proceeds to Camp Blue Skies.

SEPTEMBER Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby Sept. 10-11, YMCA Camp Harrison, Boomer, NC. Info: Camp Blue Skies-Ohio Sept. 14-18 Recreation Unlimited, Ashley Volunteer Orientation: Sept. 13. Sign up through Aug. 14 OCTOBER Camp Blue Skies-North Carolina YMCA Camp Harrison, Boomer Session 1: Oct. 3-7 Volunteer orientation: Oct. 2. Session 2: Oct. 10-14 Volunteer orientation: Oct. 9 Sign-up dates to be announced.


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Camp Blue Skies 2015 winter newsletter  

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

Camp Blue Skies 2015 winter newsletter  

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