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Talent Show a Family Event

Talent Show a Family Event

On Thursday August 11, Summer Camp welcomed family and friends alike to the campus of the Camp Venture Summer Camp in Stony Point, NY for the annual late-season talent show. This year’s event was again ably led by Music Director, Dan Rodenbach. Camp Director, Ray Kondraki played master of ceremonies as he warmly greeted camp families. 

The first rainy day of the 2015 camp season, the spirits of this crowd of campers, counselors, family and friends were, nonetheless, undampened by the weather. It was a day for fun as kids of all ages sizes and abilities took center stage stage in the big pavilions and gave their all in a series of lively dance numbers.

A brief ceremony after the show dedicated hut #2 to Nicholas Ramundo in recognition of his exemplary service to the camp.

Camp Venture Summer Camp is the namesake of the Camp Venture agency. Founded by a group of parents in 1969, the camp’s inception brought together community people of all walks of life who committed to building a place in the sun for special kids. Later, the camp became an integrated summer program where kids with disabilities and kids without disabilities enjoyed a summer program together. Like the camp’s founding, it was a novel idea at the time more than 25 years ago. And, in the days since, this program has made this idea of an integrated experience work in ways that other programs have not.

To this day, Camp Venture summer camp continues to embody the grassroots spirit that helped to shape the Rockland County community as a uniquely caring and inclusive place.  Nonetheless, it’s been tough going in recent years.

“The public funding for the program has been dwindling and every year I am grateful that we can offer another year of Camp Venture Summer Camp,” explains Dan Lukens, the Venture agency’s Executive Director. “We could not do it without the generous support of the Venture Foundation and we are very grateful for that.”

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