Camp Twin Lakes raises $ 22.5 million, inaugurates new campus
By Maria Saporta
Twin Lakes Camp will mark two milestones on Tuesday.
First, it will host an in-person groundbreaking ceremony for its third year-round campus. The new campus will allow it to serve 3,500 more campers each year, including those from populations it was previously unable to serve.
And he will announce the public launch of his “Growing Together” Campaign to raise $ 22.5 million – the largest campaign in Camp Twin Lakes’ 28-year history. The non-profit organization runs transformative camps for children and young adults with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we achieved our fundraising goal of $ 22.5 million to finance the construction of our third year-round campus, ”said Jill Morrisey, CEO of Camp Twin Lakes. “We are reaching out to the community now to raise additional funds to fill the camp with suitable equipment, supplies and campers. “
Camp Twin Lakes currently operates two year-round campuses in Rutledge and Winder, GA. The third year-round campus is being built on additional land the organization owns in Rutledge, Georgia.
The Brighter Futures campaign has received strong support from many of Georgia’s most important foundations. The Marcus Foundation donated $ 5 million; The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation donated $ 5 million); the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation donated $ 2 million; and the James M. Cox Foundation donated $ 1 million.
In addition, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provides clinical support to all campsites and helps keep campers healthy and free from disease and injury at Camp Twin Lakes and beyond.
The community rallied around the Brighter Futures campaign in large part because of the history of leadership that surrounds Camp Twin Lakes.
Doug Hertz, now president of United Distributors, envisioned the idea when he was in the 1990 Leadership Atlanta class. It garnered community support for its opening in 1993. Hertz continues to chair the Camp Twin Lakes board of directors.
The late Pete Correll, former CEO of Georgia Pacific, also played a key role in the development of the camp with his company which donated the land. His daughter, Elizabeth Correll Richards, chaired the board for four years. Hertz and Richards also co-chaired the “Brighter Futures” campaign.
Camp Twin Lakes offers fully accessible and intentionally designed camp programs year round that teach campers to overcome obstacles while creating shared experiences with other children facing similar challenges.
The organization currently serves 10,000 campers per year and also offers scholarships to 100 percent of campers through a donor-funded scholarship program for campers so that no child is ever turned away. due to inability to pay. Over the past 28 years, the demand for programs has grown steadily.
Morrisey said the campaign would help meet demand from existing camp partners and forge partnerships to serve new populations, including children with mental disorders and those living in poverty.
“Now more than ever, we understand the mental health benefits of connection and community, and we will expand our programs to address this critical need for all campers and their families,” said Morrisey. “Now we are counting on the community to help fill the cabins with an additional 3,500 campers by supporting our donor-funded camper scholarship program. “
The goal is to ensure that every child has access to life-transforming experiences while at camp.
“There are also opportunities to help fund the supplies needed to create a memorable camping experience, including everything from suitable bikes and helmets, to suitable boats and life jackets, to arts and crafts supplies. crafts, ”Morrisey said.
Medical supplies are also needed to help stock the camp medical care facility where campers receive on-site treatment, learn about their condition and medications, and train to become more independent to better manage their own care. health.
“Since 1993, Camp Twin Lakes has created experiences to build confidence, create leaders, encourage dreams and ultimately transform lives,” Hertz said. “Our growth over the years has been intentional and driven by the needs of our community. Our first summer camp session served 1,000 campers, and we now proudly serve nearly 10,000 campers each year through year-round camp programming. We are grateful to the community that helped us get here, and we ask for continued support as the demand for our programs steadily increases. There is a great need to serve more children, as well as the partners who serve with us.
Construction will be led by an Atlanta-based builder Reeves Young. The architecture and design firm of Lord Aeck Sargent (a Katerra company). The new campus will open to serve campers on year-round camping programs in 2023.