Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Help Send Richmond's Children to Summer Camp

On Thursday, May 12, you can help send a Richmond child to summer camp, as well as hear some of your favorite music, by contributing to the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ annual Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Radiothon. Residents are asked to call (804) 521-8400 any time between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on May 12 to make a donation to the Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Campaign, and for any donation of $20 or more, the caller can have their favorite song played on KISS 105.7/ 99.3 FM or 92.1 FM. In addition, anyone who makes a donation for the full summer camp fee of $225 will receive two free tickets to the June 4th Stone Soul Music and Food Festival on Brown's Island.
All donations are tax deductable and will help pay for city children to have an exciting and educational summer camp experience. In return, callers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a difference in the life of a Richmond child.
“These funds help us reach children in the city who often have few options for summer activities and need someone in their lives to steer them in the right direction,” said Dr. Carolyn Graham, deputy chief administrative officer for human services. “By donating to the radiothon, you are joining in the city’s efforts to help shape the future for these children and build a better city for all of us,” she said.
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ summer camp program offers nine weeks of structured activities for children ages 6 – 12 on Monday through Friday beginning June 27 and continuing through Aug. 26. Children enrolled in the camp are immersed in fun activities each day that include art and cultural enrichment, health and physical education, science and environmental education, and personal and social development as well as field trips. The camp is offered at 15 department community centers throughout the city and costs $225 per child for city residents; however, donations from the annual radiothon are used to provide scholarships for those who need them. It is part of the department’s promise to make the camp available to and affordable for all children in the city of Richmond.
Contributions to the Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Campaign also can be made on the Enrichmond website at, and checks made payable to Enrichmond/Send-A-Kid-to-Camp can be mailed to 900 E. Broad St., Suite 407, Richmond, Virginia 23219.
The annual radiothon is co-sponsored by the department, Radio One and Enrichmond, a non-profit foundation that partners with community groups to maintain, restore, preserve and improve Richmond’s public recreational resources.
For more information on the annual radiothon, call (804) 646-5733.