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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 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



      Friendly's



      Starbucks



      Essencia Salon and Day Spa



      Frazzberry Frozen Yogurt



      Honey Baked Ham



      Cheese Chalet



      Everything but the Kitchen Sink



      Casapulla's



      Hockessin Business Association



      Alpine and Rafetto Orthodontics



      Wilmington & Western Railroad



      Wawa



      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



      Outback



      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.
    ‘BUILDING BRIDGES’
    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.
    DOLLARS FOR FUN
    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.
    Page 2 of 2 - Other sponsors include Salon by Dominic, the Back Burner, Quinn’s Café, Woodside Farm, Longwood Gardens and dozens more.
    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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