THE CAMP CONNECTION
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF NJBCA/CAMP HAPPINESS
Welcome back to the Camp Connection Newsletter. I understand that we have not produced a newsletter since October of 2013, and for this our sincerest apologies. I know that this newsletter is, for some, the only source of information that they receive about Camp Happiness and the NJBCA. We are going to try and do a newsletter every two months to keep everyone up to date on news, happenings and events. You are always welcome to visit our website and our Facebook page for more frequent updates.
I would like to welcome to the NJBCA family our new Office Manager, Dana Robin. Dana hails from Keyport, and is a valuable asset to the NJBCA. She has jumped in with both feet and loves it here. We love having you here too!
On another good note, Camp Happiness is getting a new van! Our current van, purchased in 1997 (yes folks, that is 17 years worth of service) is at the end of its useful life of providing safe and reliable transportation.
THANK YOU Century Club Members!
Century Club members are dedicated to our mission of
improving the lives of the blind and visually impaired, and are proud to show it. YOU can make a difference by joining this exclusive group today. Your annual commitment of $100.00 or more will help ensure that our programs continue to impact lives. We are pleased to accept memorials and honorariums as well. If writing a check, please make payable to NJBCA and note “CC Membership” in the memo. In order to reduce printing costs of this Newsletter, we will be posting only new century club members for now.
Thank You to everyone who has recently renewed their century club membership!
LADIES AUXILIARY NEWS
The ladies Auxiliary is sad to report that they lost two valued members this year; Anne Murphy, who was associated with the NJBCA for about 70 years. Anne was a co-founder with Frank Knox of the Ladies Auxiliary Thrift Shop and a dedicated worker in the thrift shop up until a couple of years ago.
Ida Twist, was also a dedicated worker in the thrift shop and a member of the auxiliary.
They both gave of their time and talents and always with a smile. Their absence will be felt always.
The spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held on April 12, 2014 from 4-7 pm. The auxiliary is looking for monetary donations to help offset the costs of the dinner. If you would like to contribute, please mail a check made out to NJBCA ladies Auxiliary. If you would like to contribute a dessert for the fundraiser dinner, please contact the office. Thank you.
THRIFT SHOP NEWS
Spring is coming! There are many new and exciting items in the shop, and a change over to spring clothing will happen in the next few weeks. Come visit the ladies and take advantage of the wonderful prices!
GOOD AND WELFARE
Please keep these members of our NJBCA family in your thoughts and prayers:
Gwen Bakos, Emily Calabro, Betty Fenton, Agnes O’Keefe and Charlotte Poole.
March & April Birthdays
David mayer 3/ 1 Pat Guijarro 3/22
Charlotte Boblin 3/4 Tony Gallo 3/24
Mona Youssef 3/13 Agnes O’Keefe 3/25
Angela Dowd 3/18 Maureen Quinn 3/28
Alyse Simon 3/19 Art Lynch 3/28
Irving Goldstein 4/1
Happy Birthday to all!!!!!!
Our crochet club is busy crocheting away.
Stay tuned for more info!
Next BCA Board Meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 8, 2014
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 12, 2014
Next BCA General Meetings . . . . (tentative). Mar. 11/12, 2014
. . . . (tentative). April 14/15, 2014
Ladies Aux. Spaghetti Dinner (4-7 p.m.) . . . . . . . Apr. 12, 2014
Eatontown Lions 5K to benefit Camp Happiness. May 3, 2014
9th Annual Gift Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 30, 2014
(Gift Auction Special Package Deal reservation form on page 7)
PLEASE CALL 732-291-0878 IF YOU WOULD LIKE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF THESE EVENTS.
CAMP HAPPINESS HAPPENINGS
Due to the cold temps, snow and the van having to be serviced, camp was closed for almost three weeks in January into February. This winter has taken its toll on all of us, and we hope that Spring is much kinder to Camp Happiness!
In the upcoming weeks we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the therapy dogs will be visiting, Thursday’s crafty volunteer is back and a few day trips are in the works! We are also looking forward to planting our garden again.
We are always seeking new volunteers to join the ranks.
If you know of someone who would be willing to give up a few hours to help Camp Happiness, please have them call the office. Our greatest need right now is on Thursday between 10am-2pm.
Back in January, our President Pat Guijarro along with the
finance committee met with our representative from Wolfington Bus Company and handed over a deposit check to start production.
There was a mail campaign to raise funds for the deposit, and the campaign continues to seek additional funding for this worthwhile and necessary cause. We thank those of you who have generously donated to this cause. If you would like to make a contribution for the van, you may send a check to NJBCA, with ‘van’ noted in the memo.
Again, thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust to our new jobs and help create an even happier camp! (if that’s even possible!)
NJBCA 9TH ANNUAL GIFT AUCTION
We are in the process of planning for our 9th Annual Gift Auction on Friday, May 30. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. If you have a new item or own a business and would be willing to donate a gift card or item, it would be greatly appreciated. We desperately need donations of new items to make this fundraiser as successful as it has been in the past. Please call 732-291-0878 if you would like to make a monetary or item donation.
All donations will be acknowledged.
NJBCA 9TH Annual Gift Auction
May 30, 2014
Admission to the NJBCA Gift Auction is $20.00 per person. There will be a limit of 320 tickets sold. No one will be admitted without a ticket. Purchase price includes admission ticket and one sheet of auction tickets. The sheet of auction tickets will be provided at the entrance for each ticket holder. Refreshments (coffee, soda, water, desserts) will be available. Boy Scout Troop 364 will have hot dogs on sale for a nominal fee as a fundraiser. You may bring your own snacks, food, beverage (no alcohol), etc. Doors open at 5:30PM for Blind/Visually-impaired individuals only. Doors open at 6PM for all others.
ALL pre-paid admissions will be assigned to a specific table. If you wish to be seated at a table with other specific attendees, please specify with whom. We will make every attempt to honor specific requests, but make no guarantees. The minimum number of seats at a table is ten (10), therefore you may be seated with other individuals if you have less than ten in your group. Please note we were sold out 2 weeks before the event last year. Early reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment. No tickets will be held at the door.
To reserve admission, please complete the information below and submit to NJBCA with payment. Your admission ticket(s) will be mailed to you shortly after payment is received. If it is not received, please call Stacey or Dana at (732) 291-0878.
TABLE TO BE HELD IN NAME OF: __________________________
(List names of members of table below-please print)
IMPORTANT: PLEASE PROVIDE A TELEPHONE NUMBER AND/OR E-MAIL ADDRESS WHERE YOU MAY BE REACHED IF WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS: __________________________________________________
NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED!
Name & Address where ticket(s)
Checks should be made payable to: should be sent:
18 Burlington Ave ___________________________
Leonardo NJ 07737 ___________________________
9TH ANNUAL GIFT AUCTION SUPER PACKAGE DEAL
The Super Package Deal consists of 2 (two) regular sheets, 2 (two) grand prize tickets, and 1 (one) super grand prize ticket. This is a $40.00 value package being sold for $30.00 if ordered and paid for no later than 5/19/2014. The package will be held in your name at a clearly designated table at the Gift Auction the evening of the event.
If you wish to order the Super Package Deal, please complete the information below and return with the required payment to: New Jersey Blind Citizens Association
Attn: Gift Auction Package
18 Burlington Avenue
Leonardo NJ 07737
# of Super Special Package Deals requested: __________
Multiply by $30 for each package x $30.00
Total amount to be submitted to NJBCA __________
(Please print clearly)
Phone #: ____________________________________
Please note that you must purchase (or have purchased already) an admission ticket ($20.00) in order to purchase this package deal.
A confirmation letter will be sent to you shortly after receipt of your order and payment. YOU MUST BRING THE CONFIRMATION LETTER WITH YOU TO THE EVENT ON 5/30/14.