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  • Hockessin Athletic Club's Summer Camp raises another $10,000 for Special Olympics Delaware

  • Spend the summer splashing around with friends, exercising outside, and help out a nationally renowned nonprofit in the process? Where do we sign up?
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    • HAC Family Social, Raffle and Silent Auction Sp...

      Below is a complete list of sponsors who donated money, goods, services and other items to the Hockessin Athletic Club's Summer Camp Family Social, raffle, and silent auction. Proceeds in...

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      HAC Family Social, Raffle and Silent Auction Sponsors

      Below is a complete list of sponsors who donated money, goods, services and other items to the Hockessin Athletic Club's Summer Camp Family Social, raffle, and silent auction. Proceeds in excess of $10,000 went to benefit Special Olympics Delaware.

      Salon by Dominic

      JB Dawson's

      Longwood Gardens

      Woodside Farm Creamery

      Buckley's Tavern

      Thunder Stix

      Six Paupers

      Rita's Water Ice

      Claymont Steak Shop

      The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

      Hagley Museum

      Berri Yummi Frozen Yogurt

      2 Fat Guys

      Henry's Bikes

      Pizza by Elizabeths

      Nouveau Medispa

      The Ski Bum

      Harlem Globe Trotters

      Cafe Napoli

      Indulgence Jewelers

      Hartefeld National

      Nicola Pizza

      Philadelphia 76ers

      Leisure Fitness

      Winterthur Museum

      Philadelphia Soul

      Christiana Skating Center

      Sovana Bistro

      Hockessin Book Shelf

      Kitchen & Company

      Sky Zone

      Capers and Leomns

      Stratosphere Trampoline Park



      Essencia Salon and Day Spa

      Frazzberry Frozen Yogurt

      Honey Baked Ham

      Cheese Chalet

      Everything but the Kitchen Sink


      Hockessin Business Association

      Alpine and Rafetto Orthodontics

      Wilmington & Western Railroad


      TJ Max

      Newark Deli and Bagel

      Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

      Grand Opera House

      Tierra Mexicali Grill

      Platinum Dining Group

      Special Olympics of Delaware

      Grand Opera House

      Fisher's Popcorn

      Kennett Design

      Harry's Savoy Grill

      Wilmington Blue Rocks

      Seven Springs

      Hilton Garden Inn

      BBC Tavern and Grill

      Big Picture

      McGlynns Pub & Restaurant

      Delaware Art Museum

      Beauty Bar

      Delaware Children's Museum

      Chesapeake Inn

      Seasons Pizza

      Perry Anthony Salon & Spa

      Hockessin Day Spa

      Self Indulgence Day Spa

      Quinn's Cafe

      Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

      Harvest Market Natural Foods

      Doc's Meat Market

      Walter's Steakhouse

      Delaware 87ers


      Panera Bread

      Philadelphia Zoo

      HAC Aquatics

      HAC Massage

      HAC Yoga

      HAC Swim

  • It was a summer well spent for the kids at the Hockessin Athletic Club’s Summer Camp 2014.
    For the past eight years, proceeds from the camp’s Family Social ticket sales and other camp-related activities have earned the Special Olympics Delaware over $30,000, with $10,400 earned in just the past few months.
    Beyond the dollar amounts, the camp program brings kids from both sides together for what the organizers say is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
    For Anne Grunnert, executive director of the Special Olympics Delaware, the money is certainly a much-needed asset to help their impacted growth across the state.
    “More importantly, it’s a chance for our athletes to be able to work with the campers here, have a meaningful, inclusive experience, and that’s what opens doors to understanding,” Grunnert said. “It’s about building bridges of acceptance.”
    She added that people with special needs are often not accepted by the community at large, making any chance to close those gaps an exceptional one.
    She knows because she’s seen it firsthand.
    “We work a lot in our schools, and we see an incredible opening of hearts and minds when we see everyone’s talents,” she said. “When we help youth understand that they’re more alike than not, then they understand they can be a part of making a change.
    Youth programs manager Carla Lenderman said that the proceeds come from numerous sources, including sales from the HAC Shack commissary stand, and ticket sales from the annual camp social, held last week at HAC’s outdoor pool.
    They also raise funds through donations to the raffle and silent auction, which boasted items from as close as downtown Hockessin and as far away as the beaches – over 80 items in all.
    “It was a huge crowd the entire time,” Lenderman said of last Thursday’s social. “We had a lot of success with the silent auction, which is what raised a significant amount of the donation.”
    She added that the auction would not have been so successful without the immense community support.
    “People really rally around this event and the Special Olympics, so it’s a great chance to show their support,” she said.
    Numerous area businesses donated time, money and goods to the event, including Inflatables R Fun, who donated all of the carnival games and inflatables for the social.
    Other sponsors include Salon by Dominic, the Back Burner, Quinn’s Café, Woodside Farm, Longwood Gardens and dozens more.
    Page 2 of 2 - HAC owner Bob Carpenter said that supporting the nonprofit athletic organization is an obvious choice.
    “It teaches these kids about the Special Olympics and what they’re all about, so we’re pleased to be able to help,” he said.
    In the past eight years, the HAC summer camp has brought in just over $30,000 in funding for Special Olympics Delaware.
    The organization’s goal is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for 3,700 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.
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