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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 camps and Camp Courage burn camp for little or no fees.

We’ve heard back from the Boy Scouts. Thanks to Star readers, 158 Scouts received support: 114 Boy Scouts attended Camp Lawton Boy Scout Camp on Mt. Lemmon; seven Boy Scouts went to weeklong National Youth Leadership Training Camp at Camp Lawton and three Boy Scouts attended the Pimaree, a joint week-long camping experience in Nogales, Sonora with Scouts from Mexico.

We’ve received 1,227 donations totaling $131,275 toward our goal of $190,000 to send 770 kids to weeklong overnight camps this summer. We’re $58,000 shy of our goal with camp underway.

Donations are welcome throughout the year. We are grateful for your donations and continuing our thank-you’s today.

Your contribution is tax-deductible, qualifying for the state’s working-poor charitable tax credit of up to $400.

The Sportsmen’s Fund, one of the oldest 501c (3) charities in Southern Arizona, was founded in 1947. Since then, thanks to Star readers, we have helped pay for 36,548 children to go to camp.

Recent donations include:

Donna Hansen Albertson, $100.

Vernon Arnstad, $30.

Ken and Elaine Baarson, $50.

Mr. and Mrs. Barnes, $500.

Edward and Barbara Belton, $200.

Ben Berg, $200.

Joe and Tina Betancourt, $25.

Nancy Blackwell, $100.

Boilard-Harkin Family Advised Fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, $250.

Tom Buchta, $25.

Kay R. Kennard and Eugene J. Cech, $50.

Elena B. Chapman, $100.

Joyce and Ret. SMSGT Lawrence Coleman, $100.

Anne Cooney, $50.

Norma Cox, in memory of Orval L. Cox Jr., $50.

Robert Crone, $100.

Ed and Cherie Daum, $100.

Tony and Gale Dick, $100.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Downs, $25.

Richard Enholm, $50.

Bruce Fink, in memory of Betty Fink, $400.

Gardners, $25.

Mary Gibson, $100.

R. Gillilan, $50.

John M Gordon, $100.

Loma Griffith, $200.

Donita Gross, $500.

Steve Halper, $100.

Deborah Hammar, $25.

Charles Hotchkiss, $400.

Jan Jager, $100.

Lil Janssen, in memory of Art Janssen, $50.

John M. Johnson, in memory of Mercer Johnson III, $250.

Pamela Jones, $25.

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Kesler, $50.

Kirchner Rev. Family Trust, $50.

Art and Joanne Kunze, $50.

Mrs. Yvonne Lecornu, $25.

Stanley Lehman, in memory of his wife Renaye “Ricki” Lehman, $500.

Janet Lewis, $25.

Barbara Martinez, $10.

Dolores McFadden, in memory of Edward McFadden, $100.

Lawrence and Nancy Morgan, $100.

Glen and Shirley Murray, $50.

Robert Netherton, $25.

Cynthia O’Connell, $200.

Archie Oftedahl, $350.

Daniel Pascoe, $50.

Linda Popelka, $50.

R.A. Raney, $50.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rigby, $25.

Marilyn Schroeder, $100.

Moira and Kenneth Silverman, $36.

Molly and Richard Siola, $100.

BJ Smith, $50.

David Sproul, in memory of Dolores Sproul, $100.

Anne Stewart, $100.

Flora Yee, in honor of Ginny Elsasser on her July 7 birthday, $50.

More donations will be acknowledged in the coming week.

More donations will be acknowledged in the coming week.