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CONY Goal – $50K for Camp Good Days in ’13

July 29, 2013 by · Comments Off on CONY Goal – $50K for Camp Good Days in ’13 

Editor’s Note: The following post appears in the current issue of the Campground Owners of New York (CONY) e-newsletter.

With the generous help of our campers, CONY parks across New York State raised an amazing $43,000-plus for Camp Good Days and Special Times in 2012.

Camp Good Days is a New York State-based dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges through summer camping experiences and year-round events and activities.

We were touched and overwhelmed by your generosity, and with your help again this year, we’re hoping to raise the bar in our second summer of fundraising. It’s CONY’s 50th anniversary as an association this year, so we’re aiming for $50K in our 50th!

Visiting a CONY park this summer? A little change in the change box, purchasing a paper balloon, or taking part in a planned special event – any of that will go a long way toward reaching our goal. Did you know it costs about $1,500 to send one child to camp through Camp Good Days? All donations, great or small, can help make that happen.

Bill, before …

Bill after

We’ve got some dedicated – and kind of wacky – park operators – one fellow just raised $500 holding a raffle letting one lucky(?) camper shave off the owner’s long beard on July 4th.

What will they think of next???

VIDEO – CONY Again Backs Camp Good Days

June 21, 2013 by · Comments Off on VIDEO – CONY Again Backs Camp Good Days 

Today’s video is courtesy of Camp Good Days and Special Times.

Campground Owners of New York (CONY), a trade association of privately owned campgrounds in New York state, announced it is kicking off a second year of fundraising to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, a New York State-based organization providing camping experiences to children with cancer.

CONY-affiliated campgrounds and RV Parks across New York are participating in this fundraiser. All proceeds raised by CONY member parks are donated directly to Camp Good Days and Special Times during ceremonies held at CONY’s annual Exposition and Trade Show in November, according to a news release.

According to CONY’s President and CEO Donald Bennett Jr., the first year was very successful, and the association is looking to exceed last year’s donation amount.

“We were amazed that in our first year CONY member parks raised well over $43,000 for Camp Good Days, far exceeding our expectations. It was overwhelming.” Bennett said. “Now, knowing what we’re capable of, we’re setting a fundraising goal of $50,000 to align with the fact that CONY is celebrating 50 years as an association this year. It will make us proud to achieve that goal and do great things for the kids of Camp Good Days.”

Marketing & Communications Director Suzanne Bixby said CONY members are raising funds in a variety of ways, big and small.

“During the summer camping season, CONY campgrounds and RV parks are displaying change-collection jars, selling T-shirts and paper balloons, and hosting fundraising events such as raffles, dances, barbeques, walks, and more,” Bixby said. “Last year proved that any effort, whether it brings in five dollars or five hundred dollars, really adds up and makes a difference.”

For more information about CONY’s summer fundraiser efforts for Camp Good Days and Special Times, including updates on fundraising events at participating campgrounds, follow CONY at www.facebook.com/nycampgrounds, or contact the CONY office at (585) 586-4360 and info@nycampgrounds.com. To plan a summer camping vacation, visit www.nycampgrounds.com.

For more information about Camp Good Days and Special Times, go to www.campgooddays.org.

Campground Owners of New York (CONY), founded in 1963, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. CONY, headquartered in Pittsford, N.Y., is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. More information about the association and its campgrounds – including a free camping directory – is available at www.nycampgrounds.com and www.campcony.com.

 

 

CONY Parks Donate $42K to Camp Good Days

November 9, 2012 by · Comments Off on CONY Parks Donate $42K to Camp Good Days 

This check for more than $42,000 from CONY was so big, it took four men to hold it up. Holding the big check are (from left) Gary Mervis, chairman and dounder of Camp Good Days; Matt Anderson, CONY Region 1 director, Camp Chautauqua; James McCauley, Jr., Camp Good Days PAVE director; and Don Bennett Jr., CONY president and CEO. Anderson and Bennett visited the Camp Good Days office on Nov.7 to deliver additional donations sent in during and after the CONY Exposition.

Campground Owners of New York (CONY) announced that it has raised $42,416.25 for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a New York State-based organization providing camping experiences to children with cancer.

CONY revealed the tally at a special ceremony on Saturday (Nov. 3) during its 49th Annual Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry, held at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park in Queenbury, N.Y., according to a news release.

Using a special oversized check, CONY revealed the donation amount to James McCauley, PAVE director for Camp Good Days, who was on hand at the event representing his organization.

By the time of the ceremony, CONY had received a little over $33,000.00 from donations raised by member campgrounds during the summer camping season. Following the Exposition, additional funds were submitted, increasing the donation by thousands of dollars, and bringing the total to $42,416.25, an amount exceeding all expectations for this first-ever CONY fundraiser.

“It was simply overwhelming to be with these wonderful people!” said McCauley. “The fact that this organization was able to raise that amount of money, in such a short amount of time is just fantastic and very much appreciated!”

Representatives of CONY visited the Rochester, N.Y.-based Camp Good Days office on Nov. 7 to present the additional checks to Camp Good Days Chairman and Founder Gary Mervis.

Upon receiving the additional funds and final tally, Mervis said, “I’ve been blessed with a lot of angels in my lifetime, and you guys are angels, too.”

History

According to Mervis, all of Camp Good Days programs are provided free of charge. In 1979, Mervis’ daughter Elizabeth “Teddi” Mervis was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 9. Throughout their search for treatment, Mervis realized that loneliness in her illness was also source of pain for his daughter while she dealt with cancer.

Mervis founded Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, to provide Teddi and other children with cancer the opportunity to come together in a residential camping experience, to be with the only ones who could truly understand what they were going through – other children with cancer. Since its inception, Camp Good Days has served more than 42,000 campers from 22 states and 25 foreign countries.

This was the first statewide fundraising effort organized by CONY, a trade association with over 200 campgrounds and RV parks in its membership. Matt Anderson, a member of CONY’s board of directors whose family owns Camp Chautauqua in western New York, was instrumental in getting the project off the ground. Anderson took part in the ceremony announcing the fundraising total.

“I was very overwhelmed and surprised how well our first year went considering we were late off the gate, “Anderson remarked. “It shows how in today’s society there are still people that care. Regardless how bad we think we have it, just look around.”

Participating CONY campgrounds sold paper balloons and T-shirts, displayed change collection boxes, and hosted a variety of special events including walks, dinners, raffles, auctions, to name a few. Several campgrounds pledged matching dollars to funds donated by their campers.

The Anderson Family and Camp Chautauqua was the leader of all donors, raising $11,400.00 at their park.

Donald Bennett, Jr., CONY president and CEO, said CONY is already planning its second fundraiser for Camp Good Days in 2013.

“As soon as the check presentation ceremony wrapped up at the Exposition, campground owners were already approaching me to say they were putting events on their calendars for next year. I can’t say enough about the enthusiasm and generosity of our members and their campers who gave from their hearts for Camp Good Days.”

Campground Owners of New York (CONY), headquartered in Pittsford, N.Y., was founded in 1963. CONY is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. More information about the association and its campgrounds – including a free camping directory – is available at www.nycampgrounds.com.

 

CONY Parks Dig Deep for Camp Good Days

October 8, 2012 by · Comments Off on CONY Parks Dig Deep for Camp Good Days 

A special ceremony celebrating a season-long fundraising effort by Campground Owners of New York (CONY) on behalf of Camp Good Days and Special Times will be held during CONY’s 49th Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry.

The Exposition will take place Nov. 1 – 3 at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park, Lake George, N.Y. At the ceremony, CONY officials will present a check totaling all funds raised by association members, to representatives from Camp Good Days and Special Times, a New York State-based organization providing camping experiences to children with cancer, according to a news release.

Final figures are not yet available, but will be announced at the Exposition ceremony.

This is the first statewide fundraising effort organized by CONY, a trade association with over 200 campgrounds and RV parks in its membership. Matt Anderson, a member of CONY’s board of directors whose family owns Camp Chautauqua in western New York, was instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

“For a first time effort, I think CONY has done a good job and pushed it very hard,” Anderson said. “The checks from campgrounds are just starting to come in, so we don’t know the total amount yet, but I’m proud to say that Camp Chautauqua will be donating over $11,000 from total fundraising efforts this year.”

Anderson’s park sold paper balloons and specially imprinted T-shirts, and displayed a donation box in the camp store. A silent auction brought in over $8,700 of the park’s total donations.

“We are thrilled and so grateful that CONY has selected Camp Good Days and Special Times as the recipient of their fundraising efforts this summer season,” said Gary Mervis, chairman and founder of Camp Good Days. “So as not to place any additional financial burden on those families served, all of the programs and services we provide, to so many children and families whose lives have been touched by cancer are offered free of charge for the participants.”

Donald Bennett Jr., president and CEO of CONY, is looking forward to the check presentation ceremony in November. “I think when we reveal the donation amount for Camp Good Days, there will be a tremendous amount of pride and satisfaction felt by everyone in CONY about our efforts, and also by how much it is going to help kids enjoy camping who might not otherwise be able to because of their illnesses.”

Anderson is grateful to all the campgrounds that did their part in the fundraiser, but he also acknowledges the campers. “Without the generosity of our campers who stayed in CONY parks this summer and opened their wallets to our cause, this wouldn’t have been possible,” he said. “We owe our biggest thanks to the campers for all that they gave for Camp Good Days.”

CONY’s annual Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry is geared toward campground operators, managers and staff, as well as people buying, selling or developing campgrounds and RV parks. The Exposition features professional development seminars, a trade show and awards banquet.

CONY campgrounds members, as well as non-member campground operators interested in the CONY association, are welcomed to attend. Companies interested in doing business with New York campground operators are encouraged to register as exhibitors or sponsors.

For more details, including schedule, registration forms, and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) booklet, contact the CONY office at (585) 586-4360, or info@nycampgrounds.com.

Campground Owners of New York, founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. More information about the association and its campgrounds, including a free camping directory, is available at www.nycampgrounds.com.

 

New York Campground Owners Raise $$$ for Cancer Camp

June 5, 2012 by · Comments Off on New York Campground Owners Raise $$$ for Cancer Camp 

Before Karin Caccavale, owner of Kayuta Lake Campground in Forestport, N.Y., and staff member Dev Johnson, participated in the park’s head shaving fundraiser on June 2, benefiting Camp Good Days and Special Times. Photo credit Mike Caccavale, Kayuta Lake Campground.

Campground Owners of New York (CONY), a trade association of privately owned campgrounds in New York state, has initiated its first-ever association-wide fundraiser benefiting Camp Good Days and Special Times, a New York state-based organization providing camping experiences to children with cancer.

Member campgrounds and RV Parks across New York are participating in this fundraiser. All proceeds raised by CONY will be donated directly to Camp Good Days and Special Times at a ceremony to be held at CONY’s annual Exposition and Trade Show in November.

According to CONY’s Marketing & Communications Director Suzanne Bixby, CONY members are raising funds in a variety of ways, big and small.

“All throughout the summer camping season, CONY campgrounds and RV parks are displaying change-collection jars, selling t-shirts and paper balloons, and hosting fundraising events such as raffles, dances, barbeques, walks, and more,” Bixby said. “We think this is going to be a positive kickoff to an annual charitable activity by CONY, and we’re pleased to start our good works by helping a great New York state-based charity like Camp Good Days.”

Extraordinary efforts are already being reported, Bixby notes. “The owners of Kayuta Lake Campground in Forestport, N.Y., notified us that they had raised $1,500 on June 2 with a special hair-shaving event, with more activities planned. And that’s only the very beginning of a whole summer of fundraising all across the state!”

“We are thrilled and so grateful that CONY has selected Camp Good Days and Special Times as the recipient of their fundraising efforts this summer season,” said Gary Mervis, chairman and founder of Camp Good Days. “So as not to place any additional financial burden on those families served, all of the programs and services we provide to so many children and families whose lives have been touched by cancer are offered free of charge for the participants.”

Karen and Dev after the haircuts.

Mervis continued, “We are only able to continue this because of the generosity of so many, like all those who are a part of CONY and all those who will support their many fundraising efforts this summer.”

Matt Anderson, a member of CONY’s board of directors whose family owns Camp Chautauqua in western New York, was instrumental in getting this fundraising event started. “This is a very exciting event for CONY,” Anderson said. “We’re taking part in something so important – helping kids go to camp to take their minds off their illness and afflictions. As we go through life every day dealing with problems, these precious children try to keep life!”

For more information about CONY’s summer fundraiser efforts for Camp Good Days and Special Times, contact the CONY office at (585) 586-4360 or info@nycampgrounds.com.

For more information about Camp Good Days and Special Times, go to www.campgooddays.org.

 

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