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 1,284 donations totaling $122,495 with the summer camp season now under way. We are shy about $47,000.

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:

Kirk A. Ashley, $100.

Donald Christensen, $50.

Mary Lou Dorothy, $20.

Marilyn Dutari, $50.

L.G. and Iris Dykers, $100.

Karen Evans, $100.

Roland Fenz, $25.

Dave Gallaher, in memory of Bob Gausher, $200.

Roberta Gillilan, $100.

Connie Hammond, $200.

L.J. Higgs, $100.

Cathy and Larry Hisman, $100.

Dorothy Intorf, $200.

Walter and Laurel Jensen, $100.

Roberta Justice, $20.

James Kautz, $400.

Gail King, $100.

Madison, Wis., teachers Sue Shadof, Carol Greig, Marlene Ross, Carol Nimmer and Liz Van Ness, in memory of Katherine Picone Hertz, $100.

William Morris, $100.

Eunice Nelson, $50.

Sydnie Oehlsen, $25.

Nancy Rollings, $50.

Romeo Tree Service, $50.

Billy Schisler, $100.

James Sherman, $100.

Byron Snyder, $100.

Mary Beth Taylor, $60.

Tic Tac Partnership, $200.

John and Betsy Van De Beuken, $50.

Mr. and Mrs. John Van Dyke, $200.

Three anonymous donations totaling $595, including $500 in memory of Lorraine Rodriguez.

More donations will be acknowledged in the coming week.


• 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

Thanks for giving our kids this fabulous opportunity to explore the outdoors and have fun!! - Sydnie Oehlsen