We had a tremendously successful annual benefit luncheon and silent auction at Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center on Saturday, November 9. We had over 150 people in attendance (up from 130 in 2012) and raised over $19,600 after expenses including almost $3,000 in the silent auction!
The program was hosted by Ben “Arktos” Searfos, former camper and counselor extraordinaire! He took everyone down memory lane of our first hundred years with Camp Fire through photos, video interviews and song as he described the rich history of what has now become Camp Wyandot, Inc. Camp Director Connie Coutellier introduced us to the new Camp Wyandot hand sign – crossing fingers like logs and with the top hand twirling up the three center fingers to make a “W” for Camp Wyandot. We had a special tribute to Don Jenks and Linda “Tick” Flynn followed by lively camp songs led by Margie Dooley. We reflected on what the next 100 years would bring and knew that the spirit of Camp Wyandot would remain constant and the memories true and alive with each one of us.
We want to thank all those who helped make the luncheon a success: Luncheon Committee (Billie Halley, Teresa Geron, Sue Lavitchka, Sally McAlister, and Nikki Spretnak), the centerpiece builders (Sue Lavitchka, Connie Coutellier, Karen Brooks, and Jeanene Dixon), our Host Ben Searfos, Ted Jones, Marko Skugor, all those interviewed for the video, our greeters which were campers and club kids, and all the table hosts and volunteers! Additional thanks to Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center and to Marie Trudeau and Sara Schaefer Graves for creating the Camp Wyandot Calendar, to Margie Dooley and Jeanene Dixon for overseeing the camp store, Karen Brooks for displaying the memorabilia, and to Tracy Burleson of Hewson photoworks as our event photographer (visit our facebook page here to see more pictures and video).
If you were unable to attend, it’s not too late to donate! Help us get over the $20,000 mark!
Or call to make a donation via credit card or send a check (made payable to Camp Wyandot, Inc.) to the office:
Camp Wyandot, Inc.
1890 Northwest Blvd, Suite 130
Columbus, OH 43212
We are grateful to all of you who contributed to The Big Give! As a result we raised $12,863.93 including matching funds and a grant from the Leo Yassenoff Foundation Fund of the Columbus Foundation who has continued its support with a $1,000 grant. The Columbus Foundation covered all credit-card fees so that 100 percent of your donation went to support Camp Wyandot, Inc. Thank you Columbus Foundation!
The money raised from The Big Give will be used for property improvements at Camp Wyandot such as roof repairs and replacements, fixing cabin porches, and replacing the broken pool pump.
We are so very thankful of our volunteers. Without their support, Camp Wyandot, Inc. could not continue to thrive and grow. Thank you for all that you do!