On Monday, Aug. 17, Camp Blue Skies founder Dick Sesler and Dr. Peter Cox of Dynamic Health & Pain Management were featured on Charlotte Today (NBC Charlotte, WCNC) to talk about serving adults with developmental disabilities and the upcoming Hooked On Camp fishing derby fundraiser.Dick talked about his inspiration for creating Camp Blue Skies and the opportunities for campers and the respite provided to parents/caregivers. Dr. Cox explained how he became involved with Camp Blue Skies and its Hooked On Camp fishing derby fundraiser Sept. 10-11. Dynamic Health & Pain Management is the title sponsor for the fishing event. John Wendel, NBC Charlotte meteorologist, will return to serve as honorary chairman.
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Founder Dick Sesler shared the story of how Camp Blue Skies and the impact on the lives of campers, parents/caregivers and volunteers with reporter Karen Garloch in an article in The Charlotte Observer. Here’s one excerpt about the camps serving adults with developmental disabilities:
Sesler considered buying some land and starting his own camp. But after talking with camp directors across the country, he realized he could just rent existing campgrounds during the off season, when children were in school. People like Brent (Dick’s son), no longer subject to school vacation schedules, could go anytime.
“Wherever there are blue skies,” Sesler said, “we could have camp.”
Brandon Burrows, who has been to at least two sessions every year, told The Observer that camp “has made me a better person inside and out. I can now be more outgoing, and I have more friends.”
Burrow’s mother, Adria Appleby, was also interviewed. She has volunteered at sessions in the past and will be there again in October.
For parents whose children still live at home, Appleby said the camp provides a well-deserved respite. She recalled hearing from one mother who said it was the first time in 22 years that she was able to spend three nights alone with her husband. More than 90 percent of the campers return every year.
“I think I get more out of it than the campers do,” Appleby said. “The campers make you feel so special. You feel like you’re making a difference in people’s lives.”
Thanks to Karen Garloch and The Charlotte Observer.
Can’t make it to Camp Blue Skies as a volunteer and want to show your support? We’ve created a wishlist on Amazon.com for supplies. Some items are serious (stethoscopes), and some are for fun (photo booth props!). Click here to view our wishlist.
The shipping address to use: Camp Blue Skies Foundation, 200 S. Tryon St., Suite 520, Charlotte NC 28202-3251. Phone: 704-236-7902. The items will ship directly to Dick and the team so we’ll get them to camp!
Bonus: If you link your Amazon.com account to our AmazonSmile account, part of what you spend will also be donated to Camp Blue Skies. Click here for details on how to link your account
Camp Blue Skies Ambassadors, a group of our volunteers in Charlotte, invite you to join them at a Charlotte Knights game on Sunday, June 21, 2015, 2 p.m., at BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St., Charlotte, NC 28202.
Camp Blue Skies campers and volunteers will enjoy an afternoon of fun as the Charlotte Knights take on the Indianapolis Indians. Part of our mission is to provide socialization opportunities for campers, and what better way to reunite with friends!
A $50 donation covers the costs of your ticket and a ticket for a camper. Plus, you can enjoy a lunch buffet and soft drinks during the game. Click here to buy your ticket now.
Hoops For Camps NCAA Bracket Challenge fundraising captains and players, the brackets close Thursday, March 19, at noon!
If you haven’t donated yet to play, visit https://campblueskies.myetap.org/…/hoopsforca…/aboutEvent.do and do the following:
2. Donate ($10 minimum donation). You’ll get a confirmation email once you donate with the password to join the Camp Blue Skies League on CBS Sports website.
3. Fill out your brackets.
4. Microsoft graciously has donated prizes for this year’s NCAA Bracket Challenge! At the end of the tourney, we will randomly draw the names of four lucky winners from the Top 25 scores in our league.
- First drawing: $300 Microsoft gift card.
- Second drawing: Xbox 360 and a one-year subscription to Xbox Live.
- Third drawing: Microsoft HP Stream 7 tablet with a one-year subscription to Word.
- Fourth drawing: One-year subscription to Xbox Live and one-year subscription to Microsoft Word.
Good luck! Game on!