Camp Kesem Columbia presents our 4th Annual Make the Magic Fundraiser Dinner

23 Feb

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A special night of philanthropy to help children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.

February 22, 2015  (New York, NY)Camp Kesem Columbia, an organization dedicated to helping children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, is pleased to announce its annual Make the Magic event on March 5th, 2015 from 7PM-10PM at Hudson Terrace NYC (621 W 46th St., New York, NY).

Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces the often overlooked population of children impacted by a parent’s cancer.  We provide a life-long, peer-support network for these children, anchored in a network of free summer camps that are led by passionate college student volunteers across the country.

Camp Kesem Columbia supports the Greater New York community. Funds raised during this annual fundraising night of dinner, philanthropy, and entertainment will help provide year-long peer support and send 100 children to camp from August 30th to September 4th.  The event will include hors d’oeuvres, several speakers from parents, counselors, and campers in our Kesem family, and honor everyone who helps make camp a reality.

There are countless families who have found joy in Camp Kesem. Campers such as Sirius Black, who has been to camp every summer since our inception, will benefit from funds raised during this inspirational evening.

To learn more about Camp Kesem and to purchase event tickets, please visit: http://www.campkesem.org/columbia.

 

ABOUT CAMP KESEM COLUMBIA

Camp Kesem Columbia was founded in 2011 and supports children in the Greater New York community by providing a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem Columbia is operated by 50 student volunteers and will serve 100 campers ages 6-16 this year. For more information about Camp Kesem at Columbia University please visit http://www.campkesem.org/columbia, Facebook.com/campkesemcolumbia and @CampKesemCU on Twitter.

 

ABOUT CAMP KESEM

Camp Kesem provides children affected by a parent’s cancer with a life-long, peer-support network that recognizes and understands their unique needs. This summer, Camp Kesem will serve nearly 4,000 children, ages 6-16, with critical support through free summer camps led by passionate college students empowered with life & leadership skills. Camp Kesem currently exists at 63 chapters in 29 states and operates off donations and community support. For more information on Camp Kesem, please visit http://www.campkesem.org, Facebook.com/CampKesem, and @CampKesem on Twitter & Instagram.

 

For on-site coverage requests, post-event recap and hi-res images, please contact:

 

Elliot “Direwolf” Xu and Chris “Stitch” Kim at columbia.pr@campkesem.org

 

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Camper Spotlight ’14 #2

28 Aug

Hello again! We have another round of camper spotlights here for your perusal!

Sirius Black



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Unit: Blue

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Favorite breakfast food: Mushroom Omelette

…because: I just like it!

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a crocodile, because they can walk on land AND swim in water.

Favorite thing about camp: Getting to go in the lake.

Describe camp in one word: Awesome!

Yoda

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Unit: Yellow

Hometown: Manhattan, NY

Favorite breakfast food: Pancakes

…because: They taste very delicious when my mom makes them. They also taste pretty good at camp.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a wolf, because they are very fast, strong, and blend in during the winter.

Favorite thing about camp: Archery.

Describe camp in one word: Awesome!

Fun Size

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Unit: Purple

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Favorite breakfast food: Bacon.

…because: It tastes delicious!

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a lion, because they’re kings of the jungle.

Favorite thing about camp: You guys make it like home.

Describe camp in one word: Awesome!

Sherlock

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Unit: Green

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Favorite breakfast food: Bacon

…because: It’s good!

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a lion, because they’re at the top of the food chain.

Favorite thing about camp: Boating.

Describe camp in one word: Cool!

Chunky Butt

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Unit: Green

Hometown: Medford, NJ

Favorite breakfast food: Everything bagel with extra cream cheese!

…because: It’s got everything on it.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be my cat, because I want to see everything from his perspective, including how I treat him.

Favorite thing about camp: Spending time with everyone else!

Describe camp in one word: Awesome!

Monkey

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Unit: Blue

Hometown: New York, NY

Favorite breakfast food: Bacon

…because: It’s crunchy!

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a monkey, because they can climb and break stuff.

Favorite thing about camp: Swimming.

Describe camp in one word: Anything!

Melon

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Unit: Purple

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Favorite breakfast food: French Toast

…because: It has a lot of unique tastes.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a bird, so I could fly.

Favorite thing about camp: Boating.

Describe camp in one word: Motivating!

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Camper Spotlights ’14 #1

27 Aug

Welcome to Camp Kesem Columbia 2014’s Camper Spotlights! Over the rest of the week, we will be posting photos and a little bit about each of our campers!

Here we go!

Katy Perry

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Unit: Green

Hometown: South Salem, NY

Favorite breakfast food: Egg and cheese on an English muffin.

…because: It represents bringing the great things in life together.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a cat, because they’re the only animals that make a sound out of pure joy, and they comfort you when you’re sick.

Favorite thing about camp: There are so many different types of people here, but we all have one thing to bond over.

Describe camp in one word: Community.

Notch

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Unit: Yellow

Hometown: Yardley, PA

Favorite breakfast food: Bacon.

…because: It’s greasy and I like pork.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a penguin, because they’re funny!

Favorite thing about camp: The food and the dining hall.

Describe camp in one word: Awesome!

Lulu

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Unit: Blue

Hometown: New York, NY

Favorite breakfast food: Pancakes.

…because: They’re really delicious!

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a horse, because they’re so beautiful and fun to play with.

Favorite thing about camp: All the activities, especially arts and crafts.

Describe camp in one word: Fun!

Selena Gomez

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Unit: Yellow

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Favorite breakfast food: Cereal.

…because: It’s a simple but yummy breakfast.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a dog, because people pet them and they protect their owners.

Favorite thing about camp: Swimming and being with friends.

Describe camp in one word: Fun!

Pupquake

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Unit: Yellow

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Favorite breakfast food: Bacon.

…because: I like pork, and it tastes good on pizza.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a puppy, because they’re adorable and my family has 5 dogs.

Favorite thing about camp: Swimming, and Zelda.

Describe camp in one word: Cool!

Mayhem

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Unit: Yellow

Hometown: Rio Grande, NJ

Favorite breakfast food: Muffins.

…because: They’re sweet, but you still get to eat them for breakfast.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why? I would be a bird, so I would be able to fly!

Favorite thing about camp: Swimming.

Describe camp in one word: New!

That’s all we have for now, check back tomorrow for some more camper spotlights!

Camper Spotlights #5

30 Aug

Tweety

Unit: Purple

Where she’s from: Hamilton, NJ

Her favorite animals are: Bunnies

…because: They’re cute, quiet, and just like me.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Beyoncé

Favorite thing about camp? Lake

Describe camp in one word: passionate

Fruit Loops

Unit: Purple

Where he’s from: Brooklyn, NY

His favorite animals are: Lizards

…because: They are fast, slimy and you can hold them

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Bugs Bunny from Looney Tunes

Favorite thing about camp? Interacting with kids like him

Describe camp in one word: fun

Harry Styles 

Unit: Green

Where she’s from: Bronx, NY

Her favorite animals are: Cows

…because: Their eyes are absolutely beautiful, they’re really warm, and they give milk which tastes good

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Harry Styles from This Is Us

Favorite thing about camp? How everyone connects so well.  We’re all a dysfunctional family but we keep each other sane

Describe camp in one word: family

Ant

Unit: Red

Where he’s from: Mount Kisco, NY

His favorite animals are: Dogs

…because: They can be really friendly, protect you sometimes, and they’re cute

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Nathan Kress from iCarly because he’s really good with technology [Note: Ant knows Python!  We’re not kidding.]

Favorite thing about camp: Being able to pie my counselors

Describe camp in one word: exciting

Kit Kat

Unit: Green

Where she’s from: Brooklyn, NY

Her favorite animals are: Rabbits

…because: They are cute, active, and good at hiding

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Spongbob from Spongebob Squarepants 

Favorite thing about camp? Meeting new people

Describe camp in one word: Fantastic

Camper Spotlights #4

30 Aug

Lulu

Unit: Blue

Where she’s from: Manhattan, NY

Her favorite animals are: Horses

…because: You can ride them, you can do anything you want with them, and they live for a long time

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: “Can it be from a book?” [Of course!] “Lulu from Pony Pals.”

Favorite thing about camp? Having fun

Describe camp in one word: Awesome

Jerry

Unit: Blue

Where she’s from: Orangeburg, NY

Her favorite animals are: Cats

…because: She had three of them, they’re cute and cuddly, and their fur is so soft

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Victoria Justice from Victorious or Sully from Monsters University

Favorite thing about camp? Everything! [Try to pick one.] All the days!

Describe camp in one word: Fantastic

Bear Grills

Unit: Green

Where he’s from: South Salem, NY

His favorite animals are: Peregrine Falcons

…because: They can fly over 120 mph, they nest in NYC on skyscrapers, and they fly at extreme altitudes that no other birds can reach

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: A male version of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Favorite thing about camp? Getting to know everyone and how the counselors are relaxed about stuff

Describe camp in one word: Wow

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Unit: Purple

Where she’s from: Manhattan, NY

Her favorite animals are: Cheetahs

…because: They’re really fast, and really, strong, and their cubs are so cute.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: She can’t decide between Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, or Ron Weasley…so we’re gonna let her choose all three.

Favorite thing about camp? We all have a lot of fun, and we’re all like a big family.

Describe camp in one word: Amazingfamilyisticfuntimeawesonelyawesome

Apples

Unit: Green

Where she’s from: Brooklyn, NY

Her favorite animals are: Lions

…because: They’re the king of the jungle and they are fierce, but are also kind-hearted because they have to watch over everybody

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Rocky from Shake It Up because she is motivated in schoolwork but passionate for dance – she doesn’t allow dance to shake up schoolwork and she pushes her friends

Favorite thing about camp? Bonding and friendship

Describe camp in one word: Caring

Starburst

Unit: Red

Where she’s from: Puerto Rico

Her favorite animals are: Chinchillas

…because: They’re soft, cute, and have cool hair.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Harry Styles from OneDirection movie. The OneDirection movie came out last night so it counts.

Favorite thing about camp? All the fun counselors and kids

Describe camp in one word: Funtastic

Counselor Spotlights #2

30 Aug

Spud

Unit: Green

Where she’s from: Boise, Idaho (that’s why she’s Spud…heh heh)

Her favorite animals are: polar bears

…because: They’re cute, powerful, and one of her favorite memories from childhood is when she went to SeaWorld with her family and saw a polar bear.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Dumbledore from Harry Potter

Favorite thing about camp? Having a chance to be a kid with all of the campers

Describe camp in one word: happiness

Pup

Unit: Green

Where he’s from: Scarsdale, NY

His favorite animals are: lions

…because: majestic, proud of themselves, top of the kingdom

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Patrick Star from Spongebob

Favorite thing about camp? feeling like the ability to connect with ppl so quickly, campers and counselors alike

Describe camp in one word: uplifting

Mint

Unit: Purple

Where she’s from: Queens, NY

Her favorite animals are: Turtles

…because: They are slow and cute, and because she lost one in her backyard once and she feels bad about it

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Hector from Troy

 Favorite thing about camp? Cabin Chat

Describe camp in one word: magic

Captain Cabbage

Unit: Program Counselor – Adventure/Team Building

Where he’s from: Germantown, WI

His favorite animals are: buffalos

…because: They’re huge, don’t care about anything in their way, and they are tasty.

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones

Favorite thing about camp? icebreakers

Describe camp in one word: dreamesque

Dory

Unit: Program Counselor – Arts and Crafts

Where she’s from: Miami, FL

Her favorite animals are: Hippos

…because: They are adorably chubby, they can do ballet (from that Disney cartoon), and they love the water

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Dory from Finding Nemo

 Favorite thing about camp? arts and crafts

Describe camp in one word: energizing

Zooch

Unit: Blue

Where she’s from: Lexington, MA

Her favorite animal is: her dog – not just any dog, but HER dog

…because: She is cuddly, super cute, and likes to take walks with Zooch.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Liz Lemon from 30 Rock

 Favorite thing about camp? the blue unit

Describe camp in one word: fulfilling

Squirt

Unit: Program Counselor – Drama

Where she’s from: Suffern, NY

Her favorite animals are: lions

…because: I like their manes (they’re similar to my hair), Lion King is a great movie, and they’re kings of the jungle, and I’d like to think of myself as a king.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Liz Lemon from 30 Rock

 Favorite thing about camp? drama and playing music

Describe camp in one word: family

Nemo

Unit: Admin

Where she’s from: San Francisco, CA

Her favorite animals are: horses

…because: They’re loyal, loving, and very helpful animals.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Lorelai from Gilmore Girls

 Favorite thing about camp? getting to know campers and playing music

Describe camp in one word: magic

Scooby

Unit: Blue

Where he’s from: Pompano Beach, FL

His favorite animals are: lions

…because: They’re regal, kingly, and untouchable.

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Khal Drogo

 Favorite thing about camp? challenging my perspectives

Describe camp in one word: renewing

Fox

Unit: Blue

Where he’s from: Stuart, FL

His favorite animals are: foxes

…because: They’re foxy, they can fight, and their fast.

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Batman

 Favorite thing about camp? everyone works together

Describe camp in one word: magical

Shaggy

Unit: Red

Where he’s from: Boston, MA

His favorite animals are: chimpanzees

…because: They are very similar to us, we can learn about ourselves by observing them, and they are adorable.

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Ms. Frizzle from Magic School Bus

Favorite thing about camp? Watching the kids have a good time

Describe camp in one word: inspirational

Reptar

Unit: Purple

Where she’s from: Salem, MA

Her favorite animals are: cats and her cat specifically

…because: They are fluffy, cuddly, and smart.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Tommy Pickles from Rugrats

Favorite thing about camp? Although she is in a position of responsibility, she enjoys being able to revisit her childhood memories of camp and making a difference in the campers’ lives.

Describe camp in one word: life-changing

Kumquat

Unit: Red

Where she’s from: Manhattan, NY

Her favorite animals are: bears

…because: They know the true value of sleep and food, like good college students. They’re cute but menacing.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Flubber

Favorite thing about camp? Getting to learn from every camper about how to be good to each other and just getting to know them and her fellow counselors

Describe camp in one word: life-changing

Rabbit

Unit: Admin

Where he’s from: Seattle, WA

His favorite animals are: meerkats

…because: They work as a team, they’re all about family, and they’re always alert.

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite thing about camp? watching the older campers take care of the younger campers

Describe camp in one word: inspirational

Stretch

Unit: Admin

Where he’s from: Santa Monica, CA

His favorite animals are: bullfrogs

…because: They’re his namesake, they can jump high, and they are strong.

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Kramer from Seinfeld

Favorite thing about camp? the campers

Describe camp in one word: meaningful

Zelda

Unit: Yellow

Where she’s from: Yonkers, NY

Her favorite animals are: pangolins

…because: They have strong scales that protect them, walks like a little old men or T-Rexes, and do what they want.

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Catbug from Bravest Warrior

Favorite thing about camp? campfire songs

Describe camp in one word: inspiring

Camper Spotlights #3

30 Aug

Here are some MORE camper spotlights!  We’ve been having a blast interviewing these superstars!

Doggy

Unit: Blue

Where she’s from: East Hampton, NJ

Her favorite animals are: Doggies

…because: They are “not that much allergic” to her, they are nice, and they are fluffy

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Maia Mitchell from Teen Beach Movie

Favorite thing about camp? Going into the lake

Describe camp in one word: exciting

Schweit

Unit: Purple

Where he’s from: Long Island, NY

His favorite animals are: Eagles

…because: They fly, they are brave and they are big

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Batman from the Batman series

Favorite thing about camp? Making friends

Describe camp in one word: loud

Smurph

Unit: Purple

Where he’s from: Montclair, NJ

His favorite animals are: Dogs

…because: They are loyal, cute, and playful

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Aragorn from Lord of the Rings

Favorite thing about camp? Hanging out with kids his age

Describe camp in one word: fun

Zidane

Unit: Blue

Where he’s from: Brooklyn, NY

His favorite animals are: Lions

…because: They are wild animals, they have very sharp teeth and are strong hunters

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Optimus Prime from Transformers

Favorite thing about camp? swimming

Describe camp in one word: best

Soufflé

Unit: Purple

Where he’s from: Red Bank, NY

His favorite animals are: Seals

…because: They’re good at swimming, and they’re funny and nice

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Jackie Robinson from 42

Favorite thing about camp? We just hang out and do cool stuff.  It’s not really sad.

Describe camp in one word: fun

Sirius Black

Unit: Blue

Where he’s from: Long Island, NY

His favorite animals are: Wolves

…because: They hunt in packs, they howl and they have cute cubs

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Harry Potter from…you guessed it…the Harry Potter series

Favorite thing about camp? swimming

Describe camp in one word: awesome

Fun Size

Unit: Green

Where he’s from: Bronx, NY

His favorite animals are: Dolphins

…because: They are smart, cute, and fun

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Brian from Fast and Furious

Favorite thing about camp? That you (the counselors) always try to make this our home. [Have we succeeded?] Almost…when you get those spiders out of the bathrooms.

Describe camp in one word: awesome

Skittles

Unit: Red

Where she’s from: Bronx, NY

Her favorite animals are: Yorkies

…because: They are cute, small and they don’t grow

If she could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, she’d hang with: Justin Bieber from Never Say Never

Favorite thing about camp? Having fun and meeting new friends

Describe camp in one word: amazing

DJ JA

Unit: Green

Where he’s from: Brooklyn, NY

His favorite animals are: Cheetahs

…because: They’re fast, they have little things under their eyes to be able to see far away, and their tail makes them turn fast

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Kick-Ass from Kick-Ass

Favorite thing about camp? Seeing friends from last year again

Describe camp in one word: awesome

Cream Cheese

Unit: Blue

Where he’s from: Manhattan, NY

His favorite animals are: Dogs

…because: They are soft, cute and cuddly

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Raven from Teen Titans

Favorite thing about camp? Capture the Flag

Describe camp in one word: fun

Anubis

Unit: Green

Where he’s from: Trenton, NJ

His favorite animals are: Peregrine Falcons

…because: They’re the fastest falcons, and he likes birds, especially hawks

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Ben Tennyson from Ben 10

Favorite thing about camp? Seeing new people

Describe camp in one word: awesome…no, amazing

Shark Tooth

Unit: Red

Where he’s from: Manhattan, NY

His favorite animals are: Frogs

…because: it’s so cool that when they’re tadpoles they have gills and can breathe in the water, and when they grow up, they can breathe in the air, they can keep bugs away from you by eating them, and it’s also really cool how fast they can move their tongues to catch the bugs

If he could hang out with one character from a T.V. show or movie, he’d hang with: Obi Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars series

Favorite thing about camp? The fact that when you’re here, there’s never-ending fun

Describe camp in one word: awesome