HOCKESSIN — For the seventh consecutive summer, the Hockessin Athletic Club hosted a special event to benefit Special Olympics Delaware as part of its summer camp.
The goal of the HAC Camp Social Party, held August 8, was not only to provide fun activities in a carnival-like atmosphere for campers, their families and other members of the club, but to top last year’s total and raise more than $5,000 for Special Olympics.
When all was said and done and the final person was dunked in the tank, the pizza and popcorn devoured, the races over, items auctioned off, and all the smiling faces painted, HAC owner Bobby Carpenter presented a check for $10,000 to Special Olympics.
“This really has become a unique fundraising event, especially with the addition of our athletes who joined the HAC campers for a festive day of fun,” SODE executive director Ann Grunert said. “We are flattered to be the beneficiary and I’m overwhelmed with the amount of money that was raised, and along with it, the awareness of our organization that is created through the event. We always say that Special Olympics is about changing lives, and by hosting this event each year, the Hockessin Athletic Club helps change many.”
And it wasn’t just the Special Olympics athletes’ lives that were changed.
“This year, our event meant so much more than just raising money for an organization,” HAC family social coordinator Kelly Donaldson said. “HAC campers got the opportunity to play, learn and experience first-hand what it takes to change lives for their new friends when Special Olympics atheltes came to spend the day at camp participating in our annual boat races. This was an invaluable lesson that our campers will never forget.”
This year’s donation brings the seven-year total to nearly $27,000
Hockessin Athletic Club owner Bobby Carpenter (center) and members of his staff present a check for $10,000 to SODE executive director Ann Grunert (right). Also pictured, left to right, are Paul Mulvena (camp administration), Marie Cantrell (camp director), Kelly Donaldson (HAC family social coordinator) and Carla Lenderman (camp director).
Special Olympics athletes, left to right, Hayden Wyttenbach, Matthew Beck, Victoria Marsh and Brendan Popp enjoyed participating in the camp boat races.
HAC campers and counselors have helped raise nearly $27,000 in the event’s seven-year history.