Today is a very proud day for the Taconic family. Last night, much to our surprise, Camp Taconic was awarded the first ever Philanthropic Camp of the Year Award at the SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education) Benefit Dinner.
Over the last few years, the Taconic community has become increasingly involved in the SCOPE organization. Our first Strides4SCOPE event in 2016 raised close to $30,000. While we never could have imagined raising that much money, even more gratifying was how our campers and families jumped on board to continue their support for SCOPE even after the walk-a-thon.
Since that first Strides4SCOPE event, many of our campers have chosen SCOPE as their mitzvah projects. Many of our LITs, who are now Junior Counselors, volunteer in the SCOPE office and hold their own fundraisers in their free time. Jill chaired the past two SCOPE Benefit Dinners and Mark recently joined the Board of Directors of SCOPE. Some of our head counselors and directors are a part of SCOPE’s Associate Board and are hosting Kicks4Camp, a kickball tournament to raise funds for SCOPE.
Over the past few months, we once again asked for your support in donating gifts-in-kind for the Benefit Dinner, and we encouraged you to buy raffle tickets to win back a free tuition. Although a Taconic family did not win the raffle, we did sell the most raffle tickets out of all the participating day and sleepaway camps!
It is an honor to share this incredible philanthropic award with all of you, our Taconic family. Without your support and dedication over the last few years, Taconic would not have been recognized with such a great honor. One of our goals at Taconic is to help our campers evolve into selfless, loyal, honest and passionate people. This award recognizes many of these values and we feel prouder than ever of the entire Taconic community. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done, and continue to do, to help us support SCOPE’s mission!