(AJNews) – Camp BB-Riback Director Stacy Shaikin is heartened by the generosity of the camp’s “friends and supporters” in response to the announcement that shutting down for the summer would be a huge financial hit for the camp.
He is thrilled to announce that camp has reached the halfway point in their campaign to raise the much needed funds to offset the loss of registration and rental fees, annual fundraisers and the postponement of the casino.
In a July 24 post to the community, Shaikin wrote, “We are so thankful to all of our Alumni, our community partners, camper families and of course our staff. As of now we have raised $165,000. We are $135,000 from our goal. It’s not over but I can’t state enough how overwhelmed and touched by the support you have given. If you haven’t heard from me personally…you will. I am committed to thanking each and every one of you personally over the next 6 weeks.
“Mazel Tov and Thank you to Etta Brown, the Brown family and all those Edmonton families who supported Etta’s Bat Mitzvah initiative. You raised $2100.00 that was directed to our Covid relief campaign. Its an amazing achievement, you and your family should be so proud. Good Luck on Aug 1!
“A massive thank you to the Edmonton Jewish Community Charitable Foundation. They were a huge reason why we could open the grounds this summer. They gave us two grants, one for opening up the plant and one so we could invest in hand-washing stations for 2021.
“Thank you to the Federations in both Calgary and Edmonton for their continued support and leadership.”
Shaikin continued: “As you may know we have been hosting limited numbers as part of our fundraising efforts. I can’t thank my staff of volunteers enough for their commitment and passion. Without this group we would not have been able to keep up the grounds and manage our visitors. This group is so special and they have earned and deserve all our respect. Thank you!”
On June 7, Shaikin wrote that it was with the deepest sadness that the difficult decision was made to cancel the 2020 summer season at Camp BB-Riback. The decision was made “with the primary goal of ensuring the health and safety of everyone in our community” and in accordance with guidance provided by the Alberta Camping Association “but the financial implications of closing camp are serious,” he explained.
Camp’s business model needs to balance year-round expenses and investments with revenue from camper registration and summer rentals.
“The loss of registration and rental fees, annual fundraisers and the postponement of the casino means that we must depend more heavily on the generosity of people who love camp and value our place in the Alberta Jewish community,” noted Shaikin.
“Please consider supporting Camp BB with a contribution to help us ensure many more summers of fun and memories out at Pine Lake!”
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