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family matters "it's a nice connection" McLellan and other officials of the Club were thrilled to distribute the additional scholarship money among more kids than usual. "This allowed many of our youth to have a longer summer camp experience, while others attended camp who normally wouldn't have been able to, " he says. "The money also let families send multiple kids to camp at the same time." A working mother of three children who benefited from the aid says, "The scholarships helped my kids enjoy all that being a kid is meant to be in summer, especially the swimming activities and music programs. If they didn't have a camp program to attend, they would have had a difficult time and I would have been worried about their well-being. " Last summer's exciting adventures included a visit from the staff of the New England Aquarium with their "Traveling Tide Pool" program in tow. Youngsters were able to handle live tidal pool creatures such as sea stars and crabs. Campers also took a field trip to Land's Sake Farm in Weston to get acquainted with nature, used their creative skills with volunteers from the Museum of Fine Arts, and learned about banking and the value of saving money. The Weston group's secret to success was twofold: leveraging strong community ties, while offering a clear mission with an easy way to participate. "What makes us unique is that we are not inviting people to a $500-per-plate fundrais- ing dinner," says Katterhagen. "It costs only $75 to send a child to a week of summer camp, so we were not asking for much. Any contribution is welcome." Mattoon offers her perspective as well. "At this phase we're still experiencing with the economy, people can still be somewhat finan- cially constrained. We wanted to bring donors in with a low 'dollar ask' strategy. " Sunshine State Every dollar raised by the Weston Friends of the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club goes directly to easing the financial burden of camp for families. "When I heard about the opportu- nity to send a child to camp, it was just a no- brainer," says Alisa Taylor-Kapoor, a Weston mother of two young sons. "The Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club is a per- fect match with our community, because some of the children who are members of the Club attend schools here, so it's a nice connection," she adds. Taylor-Kapoor is part of the original core of the Weston Friends of the Blue Hill Club. Last year, she was present at a morning fundraiser held at a private home in Weston that heightened awareness of the need to send kids to summer camp. The event fea- tured staff and board members of the Boys & Girls Clubs and, most importantly, par- ents whose children would benefit from assistance. 142 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012

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