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Domtar Is First Company To Become Camp Blue Skies Partner Sponsor

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Domtar logoCamp Blue Skies Foundation is pleased to announce Domtar will sponsor the nonprofit’s Oct. 1-5, 2016, session at YMCA Camp Harrison in Boomer, NC.

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With over 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, SC.

Domtar’s contribution is the first ever Camp Partner sponsorship for Camp Blue Skies, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that provides a traditional camp experience and life skills programs to adults with developmental disabilities. Domtar employees will volunteer during the week and will play an important role in the success of camp and the experience the campers have.

Camp Blue Skies activitiesDomtar has a rich history of charitable giving and volunteering, having supported camp for the last two years,” says Dick Sesler, founder of Camp Blue Skies. “As we considered corporations who might make excellent camp partners, Domtar was at the top of the list.”

It is estimated between 7 and 8 million Americans, or 3 percent of the general population, experience intellectual disabilities. Nearly 30 million people, one in 10 families, are affected by a person with intellectual disabilities at some point in their lifetime.

Recreational and social opportunities diminish once individuals with developmental disabilities reach adulthood, which often leads to physical and emotional isolation. Sesler experienced this firsthand as his son, Brent, who has Williams Syndrome, became an adult. After researching existing programs, Sesler discovered a niche that would have a lasting impact on campers, volunteers, parents and caregivers.

John D. Williams, Domtar President and Chief Executive Officer

John D. Williams, Domtar President and Chief Executive Officer

“Domtar believes in strengthening communities and supporting Camp Blue Skies will improve the lives of adults with developmental disabilities and their families,” says John Williams, Domtar’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The safe, fun camp environment challenges adults to gain confidence and teaches them skills in order to live more independently. And it is a wonderful opportunity for Domtar employees to contribute to such a great cause.”

Camp Blue Skies provides weeklong sessions to 60-70 adults with developmental disabilities in the fall at YMCA Camp Harrison, near Wilkesboro, NC, about 90 minutes northwest of Charlotte, and in the spring at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA., about 45 minutes east of Atlanta.

Campers can participate in recreational activities including fishing, nature walks, high ropes course and field games. Social activities range from an opening night campfire to a variety show. Life skills education includes fitness and nutrition programs, arts/crafts and team building activities.

Adults with developmental disabilities pay a $350 fee to attend Camp Blue Skies. The true cost averages $1,200 per camper to rent facilities and cabins, pay for meals and program supplies, and provide medical and program staffing. Domtar’s generous Camp Partner sponsorship will offset the deficit for a session.

Thank you for making Hoops For Camp 2016 a smashing success!

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Hoops finalCamp Blue Skies received 475 Donations and folks completed 539 brackets for Hoops For Camp 2016 NCAA Bracket Challenge.

The Leon Levine Foundation challenged us to raise $10,000 in new donations for a generous matching gift. Thanks to you and The Leon Levine Foundation, Hoops for Camp 2016 raised a total of $35,552! Wow!

Our final thank you is to Elite Island Resorts for generously donating trips in the Caribbean for our grand prizes. Check out this video to see the three lucky winners, and thanks to everyone for playing!

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

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“Opening Skies” Film Shares Camp Blue Skies’ Story In 100 Words

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

We are pleased to share “Opening Skies,” Austin Huddy’s entry in 100 Words Film Festival featuring Camp Blue Skies’ story in 100 words.

Austin, a student at Queens University of Charlotte, contacted us in July and worked hard to capture our story so beautifully and concisely. He and Brent are big pals now, and Austin says he’ll be volunteering at camp. Please take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy this film… and share it with your friends and family.

“Opening Skies” debuted Friday, Nov. 6, during the first night of the Charlotte-based festival. Learn more about the festival, created by filmmaker Scott Galloway and organized by Susie Films:

WCNC’s Charlotte Today Features Campers, Fishing Derby Fundraiser

Monday, August 17th, 2015
WCNC Charlotte Today Camp Blue Skies Dick Sesler Dr. Peter Cox Dynamic Health & Pain Management

Dr. Peter Cox (left) of Dynamic Health & Pain Management and Dick Sesler, founder of Camp Blue Skies, a few minutes before going on the air with Colleen Odegaard and Eugene Robinson, hosts of Charlotte Today on WCNC-TV (NBC Charlotte).

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.

Larry Sprinkle of NBC Charlotte, Dick Sesler, Camp Blue Skies, Dr. Peter Cox, Dynamic Health & Pain Management

Before the Charlotte Today taping, Dick Sesler (center) and Dr. Peter Cox (right) had the chance to catch up with Larry Sprinkle (left), NBC Charlotte’s long-time weather anchor.

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.

Click here to watch a video of the interview with Charlotte Today hosts Colleen Odegaard and Eugene Robinson on

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