PITTSFORD - After tallying all the figures, Campground Owners of New York recently announced that Camp Chautauqua in Stow, operated by Mark Anderson and family, raised $14,345 in donations for Camp Good Days and Special Times, as part of CONY's second annual statewide fundraising event for charity held throughout 2013.
Hidden Valley Camping Area in Jamestown, operated by Bill and June Woltmann and family, also took part in the fundraiser and raised $1,134 in donations.
According to Suzanne Bixby, CONY's marketing and communications director, the association's fundraising goal for 2013 was set at $50,000.
June Woltmann, left, and Bill Woltmann, right, owners of Hidden Valley Camping Area, present James McCauley, PAVE director for Camp Good Days & Special Times with the resulting check from a Hidden Valley Camping fundraiser.
"2013 was CONY's 50th anniversary year as a trade association, so we felt that it would really fire our members up for this second year of fundraising with the rallying cry of "$50K in 50." Our hopes and expectations were definitely exceeded this year. We're grateful to the support of our campgrounds who enthusiastically participate to help this worthy organization."
Bixby noted that Camp Chautauqua has been the leading fundraiser for this event for the past two years.
"The idea to raise funds for charity was initially brought to CONY by Matt Anderson, and the Anderson family has championed the cause and stepped up to be the money leader for both years we've collected on behalf of Camp Good Days," Bixby said. "This year, Camp Chautauqua was solely responsible for raising almost 27 percent of CONY's total donations, an amazing figure to behold."
With fundraising by CONY campgrounds from across New York state, a combined total of $53,700 in checks were presented to by CONY leaders to James McCauley, Camp Good Days and Special Times PAVE director, at a special ceremony on Nov. 2, during CONY's annual conference.
Camp Good Days and Special Times is a New York state-based organization providing camping experiences free of charge to children with cancer. Since its inception, the organization has served more than 42,000 campers from 22 states and 25 foreign countries. This past summer, more than 1,500 children from around the world attended the camp, located on the shores of Keuka Lake. More information: www.campgooddays.org.
Participating CONY campgrounds sold paper balloons and T-shirts, displayed change collection boxes, and hosted a variety of special events including walks, dinners, raffles, auctions, and concerts, to name a few.
CONY member campgrounds are fundraising again in 2014 for Camp Good Days.
Campground Owners of New York, headquartered in Pittsford and founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York state. More information about the association and its campgrounds - including a free camping directory - is available at www.nycampgrounds.com and www.campcony.com.