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May 4th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Coordinating Council Receives Check from City, More Funds Still Sought
The City of Arcadia Wednesday presented the Arcadia Community Coordinating Council Campership Fund with a check for $780 to go towards funding the program which sends underprivileged children to summer camp. The money was raised through the sale of tickets to last month’s wildly successful Mayor’s Community Breakfast which featured musical presentations by the Highland Oaks Musical Theatre Group, the Arcadia High School Chanteurs and Arcadia resident Jonathan Suszynski, as well as speeches by Mayor Bob Harbicht, Rose Queen Courtney Chou Lee and conservative talk show host Laura Schlessinger.
The event was planned and managed by the City Manager’s office staff members including Linda Garcia, Mary Buttice, Stephen Deitsch, Lislene Ledezma, Kristen Olafson and Connie Schacatano. Also instrumental in the planning and success of the community event were Arcadia High School, Arcadia Rotary, AUSD, Highland Oaks Elementary, Kip McClain and the Tournament of Roses.
Funded entirely by donations from individuals, businesses and organizations, the Campership Program has, since 1947, provided assistance to local children in covering the costs associated with summer day camps, sports camps and excursion trips, allowing children who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to participate in such programs to afford camp supplies, uniforms and other expenses.
According to ACCC Treasurer Roberta White, who was on hand to receive the check from now-former Mayor Harbicht, the program this year aims to raise $12,000 by the start of summer camp season.
After presenting the check, Harbicht said that he wishes the event could have provided even more funding to the important program.
"We wish we could have raised twice as much for the Campership Program," said Harbicht. "We originally went into it with the idea of making it ten bucks, and then the Coordinating Council contacted me and said they were having trouble raising money for Camperships, so I said okay, we’ll make it $12.50 and $2.50 will go to the Camperships. So that’s what we did, but we probably could have made it $15 dollars and nobody would have complained."We were trying to keep the costs low, since it was a community event."
Even with this latest generous contribution, the Campership Program is still in need of much more funding for this year’s children, according to Roberta White.
"We set a minimum budget this year of $12,000, and I think we have about $3,000 so far. Once we add this in, we’ll be close to $4,000, so we’re only about a quarter of the way there."
According to White, the Council is working to raise the remaining funds through more contributions, and a letter sent April 9th to Arcadia residents by Mrs. Charles Gilb asking for donations is a step in that direction.
"So far this year — and the letters just went out a couple weeks ago — our donations from individuals have ranged from 10 all the way up to $300," said White, continuing "but we really need those and more, because it goes to help the kids. And with the economy tanking like it is, it’s one of those things where we need the help more than ever."
By John Stephens