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.
We are continuing to thank readers for their generous year-end donations.
We received more than 1,288 donations last year totaling $151,401 and spent $170,000 to send 769 children to camp in 2012.
We'll officially start our 2013 camp drive on Feb. 21, Rodeo Parade day, with a donation envelope in the Star, with a goal of sending at least as many kids to camp this summer. Donations, of course, are welcome year-round.
Your contribution is tax-deductible, qualifying for the state's working-poor charitable tax credit of up to $400.
The Sportsmen's Fund is one of the oldest 501(c)(3) charities in Southern Arizona and 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:
S.K. Adams, $20.
Cindy Aguilar, $100.
F. Donald Ahee, in memory of Bill Breck, $200.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Athey, $50.
Kenneth and Elaine Baarson, $50.
Martin and Eva Bacal, $200.
Lois Bailey, in memory of my husband, Coach Bailey, $100.
Evelyn Balija, $200.
Edythe Barker, $100.
Ramona and Bill Bartolie, $100.
Carol Ann Bascom, $200.
James Bauer, $200.
Jerry and Harriet Belenker, $50.
Bill Belton, $200.
William and Barbara Bickel, $200.
Mr. and Mrs. Gaeton P. Briseno, $25.
Kevin T. Blake, $400.
Carol Borges, $25.
Paul and Janice Bouchee, in loving memory of Chelsea Bouchee, $400.
Sara Boyd, $100.
Georgia Brauer, $100.
James Burge, in memory of Cliff Nranham, $100.
Hugh Caldwell Jr., $200.
Thomas and Evelyn Campbell, $200.
Liana Chase, $50.
Jeffrey Cliff, $100.
Joe A. Conley, $25.
Anne Cotton, $25.
Christine Courland, $400.
Richard Cunningham, $25.
HOW TO HELP
• Credit-card donations: www.azsendakidtocamp.org/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: Reader Advocate Debbie Kornmiller at 434-4080 or firstname.lastname@example.org