WBZ Cares: Local and National Celebrities Help Camp Harbor View Reach Their Financial Goals

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BOSTON (CBS)– Monthly, WBZ Cares highlights a deserving non-profit organization and informs the story of exactly what that organization does for the community.This month, WBZ Cares

focuses on Camp Harbor View, a summertime camp on Boston’s Long Island that provides under-served youth in the city with special experiences suggested to construct self-confidence and widen horizons.Raising funds to keep the camp open year-round is no easy task– nevertheless, each year, the organization’s Beach Ball fundraising event, among its largest, assists to provide programming for campers and their families.This year, over 1,000 individuals participated in the 10th annual fundraising event at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, raising$8 million dollars. The charity event runs every second Saturday in June.As he spoke into a microphone, camp creator and master fundraising event Jack Connors worked the

crowd for contributions. Jack Connors, Camp Harbor View Founder addresses the crowd at The 10th Annual Beach Ball charity event in June. (Picture Credit: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ News Radio1030)

“How many of you would raise your hand, and honor us by sponsoring 10 kids at $35,000?” he called into the crowd. “We require numerous … There’s a hand right there!”

As the one hand is raised to donate, another guest raised their hand, and the audience cheers on in applause.

“There’s a hand right there,” he said.Actor, vocalist, and national tv character host Harry Connick, Jr. was the main emphasize of the event. Connors had Connick, Jr. assist him get an unique visitor up onto the stage.

“Well, I would like to personally ask Governor Baker to come on up here,” he stated. “Guv? There he is. See, that wasn’t so tough.”

“I can not think I do not have my phone with me at the minute so I can take a picture with him,” Governor Baker said.Baker and his better half Lauren made a donation to the camp, calling it a very beneficial endeavor.

“It’s a great chance to experience a really structured but extremely resilient outside program that, for most kids, might merely be beyond their scope of vision without it,” he said.Camp Harbor View likewise holds a 5K run every November called the City-Thon. Their yearly operating expense is $5-Million dollars. Half of that cash goes to pay their 9 full-time team member and 90 summertime workers. According to Camp President Sharon McNally, it is one of their biggest expenditure.

“Staff is our most significant expenditure,” McNally said. “Likewise our location out on Long Island is a costly location to maintain. When we lost the bridge a couple of years ago, we began using ferryboat service to obtain the kids backward and forward. We do serve 3 meals a day, our food expenses are about half a million dollars for the summer.”

McNally states they’re really mindful how they invest their cash.

“Probably about 90-percent of what individuals contribute goes to the kids,” she said.McNally says they likewise have an endowment fund to sustain the camp for future generations. “Jack’s called it his tradition, she stated

.”We wish to raise $30 million dollars during the course of the campaign simply to make sure that future kids have the very same opportunities that the kids at camp have now.”To learn more about Camp Harbor View, check out: campharborview.org or the WBZ Cares area on CBSBoston.com throughout the month of July.



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