Thanks to Star readers and the Fun Chili Cook-Off at Jonathan’s Cork, 679 boys and girls went to weeklong overnight camp this summer through the Arizona Daily Star’s Sportsmen’s Fund Send A Kid to Camp program.
The Send a Kid to Camp program raises money so children from low-income households and military families can attend overnight YMCA and Boy Scout and Girl Scout at little or no cost.
October’s Fun Chili Cook-Off raised $15,336. The Chili Cook-off has raised more than $91,000 to send kids to camp since 2004. This year’s sponsors included Ashton Family Foundation, Atronix Inc., JJ Jewell, John and Maureen Silvey, Geoff Parker and Mary Beth Savel, Pat Jessup, Suburban Motors, Sunquest, Wells Fargo and Wrinkleneck Invitational as well as Jonathan Landeen, who hosts the annual tasting, and Tucson Appliance, which donates a big-screen TV.
This year, we received 1,472 donations totaling $158,505, including the 10 donations we are acknowledging and thanking today.
Your contribution is tax-deductible, qualifying for the states working-poor charitable tax credit of up to $400, and is welcome throughout the year.
The Sportsmen’s Fund is one of the oldest 501c(3) charities in Southern Arizona as well as one of the most efficient, with more than 97 cents of every dollar raised going to send kids to camp. Since 1947, thanks to Arizona Daily Star readers, we have helped pay for 36,548 children to go to camp.
Recent donations include:
Romaine Ahlstrom, $50.
George Campbell and Debbie Kornmiller, in memory of Jeffery Riley, $50.
Sylvia Dunkelman, $50.
Harvey and Gail Jansen, $400.
Helen Jedele, $30.
Jacqueline Manning, $100.
Vickie and Freddie Martinez, in memory of daughter Yvonne Martinez Jimenez, $50.
Bill Orr, $35.
Janet Somerson, $400.
Chris Wassenberg, in memory of Jeffery Riley, $50.