The Boston Red Sox Foundation has made a $1,000 donation to Behavioral Health Network’s (BHN) Kamp for Kids™, which will be used to support programming for youth who attend the summer day camp.
Kamp for Kids™, located at Camp Togowauk on Russell Road in Westfield, is for children and young adults ages 3-22 – both with and without disabilities – that offers an opportunity to experience growth, inclusion and fun in a summer camp setting that includes a spray park; expressive arts; outdoor education; arts & crafts; and non-competitive sports. Kamp for Kids™ is currently open and operates every summer during July and August, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
According to Kamp for Kids™ director Anne Benoit, “This day camp is the only one of its kind in the region, and we are able to provide this enriching and truly special experience for the children and young adults we serve through the generosity of the community. We know there is a lot of competition for support from the Red Sox Foundation and we are overjoyed to have received this donation to support the young people in our camp. Thank you, Red Sox!”
An open house event, Kamp Welcome Day, will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon. The “Kampers” will provide demonstrations of their creative work over the past two weeks. Kampers will also provide a “living thank you” to Joan Corell who made a memorial gift of $30,000 to the Judy B. Hoyt Kampership Fund, which provides financial assistance to eligible families to send their children to Kamp. The Kamp for Kids building will also be rededicated to the late C. David Scanlin, who was the longstanding Executive Director of Abilities Unlimited, the agency that founded Kamp for Kids.
The Red Sox Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity of the Boston Red Sox. The philanthropic arm of the club, the Red Sox Foundation is committed to using the power of the team and the passion of its fans to create new and strengthened community partnerships that will improve the lives of children and families across New England.
The Red Sox Foundation makes annual grants to a limited number of New England-based nonprofits that fit within its mission. The Red Sox Foundation has no endowment and raises the funds it spends on charitable programs and grants each year, so the process for making grants is a competitive one.