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Help Camp Dreamcatcher & HIV/AIDS-affected youth
$4,790 raised
96% of $5k goal
67 contributors
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Ended Mar 19, 2015

My first experience with Camp Dreamcatcher came the summer before my final year of high school. Dreary weather plagued the week as I led a group of 7 year olds in my cabin. Amidst the rain, my group and I bounced back and forth between the swimming pool and “rec”—a vague term that basically referred to playing basketball or just hanging out in a covered open-air gymnasium. But I never heard a single camper complain about the lack of facilities, the camp food that most definitely came out of a tin can, the fact that going anywhere  seemed to involve an uphill walk, or the dreary weather.  Camp Dreamcatcher was, for these roughly 70 children whose lives were affected by HIV/AIDS, a week in which they could escape the pressures, social stigmas or daily hardships they faced the other 51 weeks of the year. In our time together, campers were able to just be kids in a safe environment.

Since that transformative experience 15 years ago, I have been continuously amazed as Camp Dreamcatcher has upgraded the program offerings while staying true to its central mission. What started as a one-week camp experience has expanded to free year-round programming for nearly 150 HIV/AIDS impacted youth.  Programs now include the one-week camp session, weekend retreats, a holiday Adopt-a-Family program, a mentoring program, and HIV/AIDS education & community outreach.  Each year, hundreds of volunteers like myself staff the camp, using their vacation days to participate in one of the most memorable weeks of the year. Despite living internationally, I make it a priority to be in Pennsylvania each August to kick off another session of Camp.

This past August, while I spent a week alongside more than 120 campers enjoying everything from fishing to yoga to music therapy sessions, I vowed I would do something big to demonstrate my support. Therefore, over the coming months, I will be training for a 50km (31 miles) trail race both to fundraise for the wonderful work Camp Dreamcatcher does and to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.  Please support me as I endeavor to cross two finish lines on January 31st next year—both the one at the end of the race and the goal I have set to raise $5,000 for Camp Dreamcatcher. You can check out the race here:

Donating is easy and quick – just click and you will be taken through to a page where you can choose to pay securely either with a credit card or with your Paypal account.  All the money goes directly to Camp Dreamcatcher, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your contribution.

I know that I can do it with your support - no amount of money or word of encouragement is too small! Running 50km may be daunting , but contributing to the ongoing support of children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS will keep me moving. This is an organization incredibly close to my heart, and I hope you'll join me in making an important difference in these children's lives.

I also encourage you to learn more about Camp Dreamcatcher’s work at its website:

Thank you for your support!!

Love, Jenn  



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$5 USD
Digital thank you
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For the price of a latte, you will get a personalized thank-you email from me and lots of good karmic vibes sent your way
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$31 USD
Thank you photo postcard
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$1 per mile of my race will get you a personalized photo-postcard in the mail (real snail mail!) and a big thank you email from me
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$50 USD
Thank you video
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$1 per kilometer that I race (for the non-Americans and metric system enthusiasts): in addition to a personal thank you email, good karma, and a photo postcard in the mail, I will post a thank you video shout-out on Facebook dedicating a training run to you!
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$83 USD
A small surprise...
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You just sponsored one camper for a full day of activities + 3 satisfying meals at camp. Woohoo!
In addition to a photo postcard & Facebook video shout-out, I will also send you a small gift of thanks from Southeast Asia
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$100 USD
A yogic thank you
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Thank you email, photo postcard, a social media shout-out video, a trinket from Asia, fantastic feel-good karma, and a private yoga class next time we're in the same place.
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$150 USD
Big caffeinated thank-you bundle
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As a thanks for your incredibly generous support, you will receive all the previous "perks" plus a delicious bag of fair-trade coffee sent from the mountains of Laos
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$500 USD
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$500 covers the entire cost for one child to attend Camp Dreamcatcher's week-long overnight summer retreat. As a token of my enormous gratitude for your generosity, I will include all the aforementioned perks, plus a phone call all the way from Thailand on race day.
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