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Family Day a Joyful Celebration

Family Day a Joyful Celebration

The Venture Family came together on August 30, 2015 for the annual Family Day gathering but this was no regular event. The sit-down formal luncheon this year was replaced by an outdoor picnic-fun day at the agency’s name-sake program site; the Camp Venture Summer Camp and what a day it was.

Relatives and friends from across the country showed up for the food, fun and for a chance to share time with their Venture loved one in the beautiful surroundings of the camp.

Visitors were greeted by signage stretching all the way from the Palisades Parkway to the camp grounds marking the way to the event. And, when they arrived, there was an army of staff volunteers to offer warm greetings and/ or to shuttle them via golf cart to the festivities.

In a very brief program, Venture President, John Murphy introduced Barbara Reece, a Venture-founding parent and former director of the Venture Foundation. Sadly, together they relayed news of the passing of Barbara’s husband Jim, whose love and support of his son, David, embodied the Venture spirit. John then spoke to the importance of family and how it was an agency legacy which he urged the assembled to embrace with their hearts and to carry on for the sake of future generations.

Marie Ramundo, Camp Venture’s Senior Executive for Quality Assurance, followed with an update on the mission of the agency and it’s struggles to offer quality care and support to family members in this unusually difficult environment.

From there on it it was all fun. The pools were open for swimming, there were field games, lots of food and the great company of family.

“I have been coming to family day for all these years but this is the first one that my brother David was here with us,” said Dan Lukens. “He really could not do the the sit-down luncheon but this is great.”

Constance Fitzgerald called the Foundation the morning after the event to say it was great and said that she would bring more relatives and friends next year because it was such a flawless and perfect day. Helene Hughes apparently agreed. “I wished we had thought of this sooner - it was the best,” she said.

The Family picnic theme was the brainchild of the Foundation’s new Executive Director, Bill Schule. “I wanted to do something that was new and fresh and that was joyful,” he said.  And, it was indeed, a joyful celebration of family in the best traditions of Camp Venture.

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