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6th Annual Bowlathon to Benefit Camphill Village

September 20, 2017

We hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer with family and friends.  Our expanded Committee has been busy planning a robust event for this year’s sixth annual Joseph Freedman Bowl-A-Thon, November 4, 2017, from 12:30-3:30 p.m, at the Chicopee AMF Lanes.  The enclosed material will tell you all about this year’s event – we expect it to be the most fun Bowl-A-Thon yet.  We are adding superheroes, princesses and other fun characters for the kids – and adults – as well as expanded cocktails, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.

Last year, we raised nearly $55,000 in support of Camphill Village USA.  With your help, our goal is to raise $85,000 this year – will you consider supporting us at a sponsorship level of $500 or above?

For the last 40 years Camphill Village has meant a great deal to our family. Not only has the Village honored the uniqueness, dignity, and integrity of each individual who lives there – regardless of ability, they have lovingly cared for our sister Susie since 1977.  Founded in 1961 and located in Copake, NY, Camphill Village is home to approximately 95 special needs residents like Susie. Each day the residents engage in meaningful, necessary work. Some, like Susie, work in a craft studio, while others work in one of the Village’s biodynamic gardens or on the farm. In addition to the skill-building jobs that each special needs resident is engaged in daily, life in the Village is full of culture, art, music and care. The quality of life, personal development and the sense of community is as remarkable as the volunteers and staff who live and work with Susie and who treat her as an equal.

This year the Village must raise $1.9 million to meet its annual operating budget. The annual cost of caring for each adult with special needs at Camphill is over $90,000 – higher than ever, due to the rising costs of medical care and other services. Government funding provides roughly 50% of the funding needed to care for the Village’s residents but the Village relies on charitable contributions for the remaining 50%. Compounding the financial challenges, nearly half of the adults with special needs at the Village are over the age of 60 and no longer have family to help support costs. Regardless, no one has ever been charged a fee to live at the Village – nor has anyone ever been turned away for lack of funds.

Thanks to everyone who has donated in the past for your generosity and for helping raise much-needed funds for Camphill Village. We hope you will support this year’s event and that you can join us on November 4th!

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