The Arizona Daily Star's Sportsmen's Fund Send a Kid to Camp program raises money so children from low-income households and military families can attend overnight YMCA, Boy Scout and Girl Scout and Camp Courage burn camps.

Our goal is to raise $170,000 to send 770 kids to weeklong overnight camps this summer. So far we have received 1,112 donations totaling $102,554 with the summer camp season now underway. We are shy about $67,000.

Your contribution is tax-deductible, qualifying for the state's working-poor charitable tax credit of up to $400 and is welcome throughout the year.

The Sportsmen's Fund, one of the oldest 501(c)(3) charities in Southern Arizona, was founded in 1947.

Since then, thanks to Arizona Daily Star readers, we have helped to pay for 35,869 children to go to camp.

Recent donations include:

Edward Bernal, $75.

Karen Christensen, in memory of Ryan Kay, $100.

Linda Cummings, $50.

Joan Curran, $50.

Kathleen Dodson, $50.

Becky Duncan, in memory of Arthur Stern, $40.

Joseph Eigner, $200.

Sharon Farnbach, $10.

Josephine Fetter, $50.

Peter Garcia, $50.

Mikki and James Gries, $100.

Hal and Beth Horrigan, $100.

Peg Sutherland-Jones and Nelson Jones, $100.

George Kalil, $500.

Jim and Jodee Kuliesh, $50.

Bud and Margo LaBarr, $50.

Maureen Madden, $50.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert McFeeters, $50.

Sandra Meaker, $50.

Jill Merrick, $25.

Bonnie Minsterman, $25.

Philip Morley, $100.

Mrs. Richard Murray, $200.

E. William Newton, $100.

Walter and Elvira Plewa, in memory of Julia Zelenak, $100.

Thomas and Sharon Riffle, $100.

Sgt V. Rivera, in memory of Rosalio Valencia, $50.

Tom Roof, in memory of Chick and Bruce Hawkins, $100.

Brigid Ross, $50.

Harry and Joan Seton, $50.

Judy and Vince Smedes, $100.

Dave and Diane Stallings, $100.

Dave and Agatha Sunderman, in memory of Jerry Sweeney, $100.

Richard Tilton, $50.

Barbara Whelan, $100.

Greg Ziebell, in memory of Dick Augustson, $50.

Gypsy Lyle, $50.

Two anonymous donations totaling $100.


• Credit-card donations:

• Send checks, payable to Send a Kid to Camp, to: Send a Kid to Camp, P.O. Box 16141, Tucson, AZ 85732-6141.

• For more information: Senior Editor Debbie Kornmiller at 434-4080 or

Why I give

I want disadvantaged children to experience the joys of a camp experience.

More donations will be acknowledged in the coming week. - Harriet Belenker