Feb. 18, 2004
Phoenix Youth Hold Dance to Support Camp Hollis
Young people from the Phoenix Central School District danced the night away recently at the Sweet Memorial Building in Phoenix, with proceeds from the event going to support Camp Hollis.
The dance was sponsored by the Phoenix Community Youth Council and organized by council directors Carole Sponable and Cathy Lee. Parent volunteers served refreshments and the SUNY Oswego Community Service group (many of whom are Phoenix alumni attending the college) provided security and chaperoning.
The Youth Council offers a variety of programs and activities for Phoenix youth including the Bridge Street Brats, a volunteer program that serves boaters at the Phoenix Locks, picks up garbage and performs other community projects, and Phoenix "Youth of the Year" awards banquet. The council decided to raise money for Camp Hollis so that Phoenix youth can continue to attend the residential camp.
Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, west of Oswego, Camp Hollis is owned by Oswego County. The camp operated as a free summer camp experience for Oswego County youth from 1946 to 2002 and is now charging fees on a sliding scale. The Friends of Camp Hollis, a not-for-profit organization that supports the camp, was created to accept grants and donations such as the project in Phoenix.
Jim Farfaglia, senior youth services specialist from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and supervisor of Camp Hollis, shared his sincere thanks to the Phoenix Community Youth Council and the community.
"This donation is a special one because it shows a fine example of how youth can help youth," Farfaglia said. "The money raised at the Phoenix dance will go directly towards scholarships for needy families so that their children can attend Camp Hollis for a week of fun, friendship and learning."
For more information on Camp Hollis, call the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or visit the county government Web site at www.oswegocounty.com.
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