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. We are nearing half of our goal. So far we have received 889 donations totaling $79,554 with the summer camp season fast approaching.

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:

Louise Adams, in memory of David Adams, $100.

John Albertsen, $100.

Janet Arffa, $100.

Felix and Bettina Arvizo, $100.

Bob and Janet Barker, $50.

Jean Barrett, $75.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Barton, $25.

Esther and Donald Beery, $400.

David Berg, $50.

Elizabeth Berlin, $25.

Marilyn Bicking, $100.

Grace Brettholle, $100.

Laura and Arch Brown, $100.

Tom and Sharon Brunk, $25.

James Calene, $100.

Diana Carpenter, $25.

Elena Chapman, $150.

Melvin Cohen and Molly Senor, $100.

Joyce Cox, $25.

Edith Craig, $50.

Lois Deputy, $25.

Dennis and Judy Derry, $100.

Gale Dick, $100.

Vern Dixon, $25.

Joanne Downey, $20.

George Eddington, $100.

Sandy and Karl Elers, $100.

Ellingston & Associates Inc., $200.

George and Christine Fellner, $100.

Martha Frailey, $50.


• 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

"Please accept my donation this year in memory of Dick Keefe. He was a fantastic person and attorney who organized the Arizona Families for Children bowlathon the last Sunday of August for more than 20 years of which I've been proud to bowl in and be master of ceremonies. He died Jan. 8 after a long battle with cancer."

- Bill Roemer

More donations will be acknowledged in the coming week.