The Powerhouse Fire left the Painted Turtle , a camp for kids with chronic illness, at a substantial deficit. To ensure children and their families are still provided a camping experience they’re hosting a fundraiser.
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On Sept. 7 the camp will host a California Dreaming-themed beach barbecue. Attendees will enjoy a barbecue prepared by Calabasas Custom Catering, food from the University of Antelope Valley Culinary Arts School, live music by the Hit Machine and a silent auction.
“We want to make it so you can come out in your Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops and have a good time,” said Blake Maher, executive director of the Painted Turtle.
The event is being co-hosted by the North Los Angeles County Regional Advisory Board.
“My fear would be that if we do run at a deficit it could prolong us getting back open, that’s why I’ve been so driven this year trying to make this Turtle Beach Barbecue such a huge success,” said Tom Diprima, chair for North Los Angeles County Regional Advisory Board
SeriousFund Children’s Network offered to donate $100,000 if the Painted Turtle can match that in the fundraiser.
“We’re getting Incredible support from the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley communities at the Painted Turtle,” Maher said.
Chiquita Canyon already donated $10,000 to the event, which puts the Painted Turtle one tenth of the way towards their goal.
“Painted Turtle is trying to reach out and provide alternate experiences for kids this summer,” said Maher, “It’s not camp but we want to keep the spirit of camp alive and well.”
Serving more than 5,000 children and their families each year, the Painted Turtle gives children from California, ages six-to-17, the chance to be kids and have fun in a safe camp environment, and it’s all free.
“My favorite quote that I’ve heard from a camper is that their week experience in camp is the first time in their life that they’ll forget that they’re sick,“ said Diprima, “If we can make that dream happen for one week, that’s why I’m so so focused on trying to help.”
To donate or purchase a ticket visit thepaintedturtle.org .
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