Friday, May 18, 2012

Thank You for making the first annual Autism Auction a Success!

Dear friend Below please find the latest e-newsletter from Camp Lakey Gap, the camp our first annual Autism Awareness event, supported with a very successful silent auction April 27, 2012. The second paragraph explains just how successful we were, thanks in no small part to you. We are still in awe that in less than 30 days - 27 to be exact - we collected 114 exciting, artistic and unique auction items, for which we found happy new owners from among the 180 people who came to attend our silent auction. We did all this with 2 organizers and 15 volunteers, who covered everything from music, to food, to bartending and gave their talent and time for free - we are very grateful for all of you. In all we raised $5525.98. Wow! As a family affected by Autism, all possible words and pretty phrases seem inadequate to express just how fortunate we feel to live in Brevard, a tight-knit community that encourages us to speak up for Autism and supports us generously in our quest to conquer Autism, one friendly conversation at a time. Since the event, we have been stopped on the street, recognized in drive-throughs and congratulated in cafes, stores and at the library. In fact, we feel so energized and rewarded by the event that we are already planning to hold another silent auction next year. We sincerely hope that you will help us grow this event in whatever way you can in 2013. Beyond all the thank-yous please remember this: Gus and a few new friends (at least 4, we've been told) will spend an unforgettable week this summer at camp - thanks to you. Geraldine, Jacob & Gus Dinkins PS: Camp Lakey Gap is still looking to fullfill more than $40,000 in scholarship requests. Feel free to contact them at the address given below, if you want to help more children with Autism go to camp this summer.
A camp for people with autism Black Mountain, NC Counting down the days to camp! We are one week away from our leadership staff training week, counselors arrive on June 1st, and then our first campers roll in on June 10th! It is really starting to feel like summer is here. At this point we have 6 vacancies, so if you are still wanting to get your camper signed up please contact me soon. I would like to officially thank Geraldine Dinkins for arranging the First Annual Autism Awareness Silent Auction. Geraldine is a parent of a first time camper, and she and a friend of her's worked for a month to plan an auction in Brevard, NC to raise funds for Gus to come to camp. They were pleasantly surprised by the community support in Brevard, and ended up raising enough to cover Gus' camp fee as well as $4,000 extra to donate to the scholarship fund. I was able to attend the event at the Hobnob Cafe in Brevard, and it was lovely. The event was packed! The guests were able to bid on beautiful art, jewelry, massage packages, weekends getaways and more. I was so impressed! Thank you Geraldine for all of your effort! I would also like to thank the Roberts family and their business, Altamont Inspections, for their "Inspecting for Autism" fundraiser that raised enough for a full camper scholarship! What a creative way to raise scholarship funds for a camp that their family loves. Please read on for other important announcements. See you at camp! Sincerely, Elsa Berndt Camp Director This email was sent to by | Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. Christmount | 222 Fern Way | Black Mountain | NC | 28711

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