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Fundraiser benefits camp

'Hot August Nights’ helps Painted Turtle

Posted: August 6, 2008 5:43 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2008 5:04 a.m.

The opening night dinner at The Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes offers "no hands allowed" fun. The wacky atmosphere at camp dispels any homesickness and leads to friendships. A fundraiser to benefit the Painted Turtle Camp will be held Aug. 16 at TPC in Valencia.

Blues music, cigars and great food - what could be more appropriate for a hot August night?

"Hot August Nights" - a fundraiser to be held Aug. 16 at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia - will offer both fun and fundraising to benefit The Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes.

This summer, The Painted Turtle Camp has welcomed 850 children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses to summer camp sessions that began in June.

The Painted Turtle doesn't have a billing department because no child or family ever pays to attend camp.
"This is the first time in four years of fundraising for The Painted Turtle that our event will be held here in Santa Clarita," said Kiki Hacker, Painted Turtle Advisory Board member.

In the past the fundraisers have been held in various locations, including Shea's Castle near Lake Hughes, and at the camp itself.

"This year we wanted to make it easy and fun for local community members to attend the fundraiser. The event will help spread the word in Santa Clarita about the very special jewel in our own backyard - The Painted Turtle camp," Hacker said.

The Painted Turtle is part of the international family of Hole in the Wall Camps and is the only multi-disease medical camp of the kind on the west coast. The Painted Turtle is located in the Angeles National Forest, nestled between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys.

Through week-long summer sessions and spring and fall family programs, The Painted Turtle provides a rich environment for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Through an array of traditional summercamp activities including boating, fishing, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts and woodshop, campers become more self-confident and self-reliant under the supervision of medical professionals.

Medical conditions served include: Arthritis, asthma, colitis, Crohn's disease, type 1 diabetes, hemophilia and other transfusion-dependent blood disorders, kidney disease and transplants, liver transplants, muscular dystrophy, Prader-Willi syndrome, primary immunodeficiency diseases, skeletal dysplasia (dwarfism), spinal bifida.

"We are very excited that renowned blues artist, Teresa James, and her band, The Rhythm Tramps, will be our entertainment for the evening," said Chris Fall, The Painted Turtle advisory board member. "We have deliberately created an evening that will promote fun and relaxation as well as promoting The Painted Turtle.

"Hors d'oeuvres, blues music and cigars on a beautiful summer night in Santa Clarita - what could be a better way to bring friends and funds together for The Painted Turtle?"

Proceeds will benefit The Painted Turtle's programs for children with serious illnesses.

Tickets are $100 per person. Table sponsorships begin at $1,000.


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