The 2016 Charity Club Challenge
By Karol Patzer #27994
National Charity Chair
UPDATE! (21 July): Total donation to Pioneer Camp and Retreat for Operation Purple was $14,895!
Each year, the BMW Motorcycle Club of Port Washington challenges all chartered clubs to donate $100 for our National Charity.
This summer, the charity we will be supporting is the Pioneer Camp & Retreat Center located in Angola, New York, about 13 miles from Hamburg. Funds raised at the rally will support “Project Purple,” the National Military Family Association’s camp open to military children with a parent or guardian from any service branch, and “Operation STAR” (Survivors Together Always Remembered), a camp for children who have lost a loved who was serving in the U.S. Military.
Operation Purple is for children who have a parent or guardian who incurred service-connected injuries or illness on or after 9/11 or who will have a parent or guardian deployed during a 15-month window. The camp gives military kids an opportunity for having fun and making friends, acknowledging that they serve, too. While providing a fun, carefree experience for military kids, the camp also aims to teach them about coping skills to help deal with deployment-related stress and to foster relationships with other children who know exactly what they are going through.
Operation STAR Camp brings surviving children together to let them know that their departed members of the military will always be remembered. Attendees will be equipped with long-term and immediate emotional help, hope, and healing that will aid in their grieving for their loved ones who once served our beloved country.
Challenge your members to save some change between now and the rally. Consider contributing at least $100. One dollar or more per member would help, and we could make a difference. A check for the total amount collected will be presented to a Pioneer Camp representative on Saturday at the closing ceremony. Let’s see what we can do to make some child’s camping experience the best ever!
Additionally, during the rally be on the lookout for the roving 50/50 ticket sales people, as Britta and her team of volunteers will be on the rally grounds selling tickets. You’ll have an opportunity to win some spending money while helping our charity. Your donations made at the cyber-café, sewing booth, charging station, coffee station and other volunteer areas will also help fund this year’s worthy causes.
If you or your club would like to donate money in advance, write a check payable to the "BMW MOA," indicating "National Charity" in the memo section, and send to Karol Patzer, BMW MOA Charity, P.O. Box 21187, Eagan, MN, 55121.
Remember….. kids serve, too! Thanks for your help…and we’ll see you at Das Rally!