Arizona Daily Star: We’re nearly 20 percent to our goal of raising $212K to send kids to camp

The Arizona Daily Star Sportsmen’s Fund raises money so children from low-income households and military families can attend overnight YMCA, Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps and Camp Tatiyee — for school-age children and older teens with special needs — at little or no cost to their families.

Our goal is to raise $212,000 to send 625 local boys and girls to camp and to pay for camp supplies for another 300. In addition, we have committed $5,000 to replace the .22 rifles and $2,000 for annual maintenance of the Walter E. Lovejoy Rifle Range at Triangle Y Ranch Camp, on the back side of the Catalinas.

In 2018, we received 1,623 donations totaling $214,312. We spent $214,979 to send 621 local boys and girls to overnight camp and for camp supplies for another 299 children.

So far this year we’ve received 311 donations totaling $36,921, or 17 percent of the or goal.

Since 1947, the Sportsmen’s Fund has helped pay for 40,990 children to go to camp. We’re one of the oldest 501c(3) charities in Arizona and one of the most efficient, with 98 cents of every dollar going to send kids to camp.

Your contribution qualifies for the Arizona tax credit of up to $800 for donations to qualifying charitable organizations.

Arizona has assigned a code to each qualifying charitable organization. Donors are required to enter this number on their tax returns to get the credit. The Sportsmen’s Fund code is 20450.

Donations are welcome throughout the year.

Recent donations include:

Corolla Hoag, in memory of Wendell Hoag, $250.

Robert Hollmann, $25.

Claudia Howell, $50.

Joe Huerta, $200.

Edith Hund, $25.

Frederick Hunt, $200.

James and Virginia Jackson, $25.

Betty James, $50.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles James, $25.

Mr. and Mrs. William Jansen, $100.

Leonard and Marcelle Joffe, $200.

William John Jr., $500.

Patsy Joy, $100.

Michael and Robin Sue Kaiserman, $200.

G. Kalil, $500.

Joseph Kane, $100.

Patrick Kelly, in memory of Elizabeth Dickey-Kelly, $400.

Tim Kelly, in memory of Michael J. Kelly, $400.

J. King, $50.

David Kingsley, $50.

Jay and Barbara Kittle, $200.

Joan Kleinerman, $25.

Ann Kovara, $20.

Nancy Kowalski, $20.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kramer, $50.

Anne Kreutzmann, $100.

Vicky and Jim Kuzel, $25.

John and Virginia La Bar, $200.

Landry family, $50.

Barbara LaWall, $50.

Howard Lehto, $20.

Martin Lenzini, $100.

Louise Lievers, $50.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lilley, $100.

Kathleen Lillibridge, $100.

Sheila LiPera, $25.

Mary Locklin, $100.

James Lopez, $50.

Mike Lude, $100.

Irene Ludwig-Muscarella, $25.

Hans and Judy Lundin, $200.

John Lyon, $20.

Elizabeth MacBeth, $50.

Monica Macnaughton, $100

Jackie Manning, $200.

Lynn Marinelli, $200.

Kirk Markland, $100.

Marlene Marsio, $25.

J. Boyd and Ottilio Matchett, $25.

Yvonne Mayer, $100.

Dr. and Mrs. James McCabe, $10.

John McCarthy, $100.

Mike and Diana McCluskey, $25.

Ron and Liz McElroy, $50.

Hugh McKenzie, $1,000.

Ardie Meacham, $25.

Charles and Mary Mendonca, $54.

Paul Miles, $100.

Randy and Linda Miles, $30.

Ralph and Loretta Miller, $25.

Roslyn Miller, in memory of Cornelio Lopez, $50.

Vicky Minger, $25.

Geraldine Moisant, $400.

Hughlett Morris, $100.

Mary Morris, $10.

H.G. Moser, $25.

Mary Ellen Mulder, $20.

Milan Murchek, $100.

Terrence Murphy, $500.

Marilyn Murray, $100

Donald Myers, $800.

Additional donations will be acknowledged in the coming week.

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