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One goal, one camp: Empower Me

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A normal day at the camp includes activities with sports, crafts, music, drama and nature.

Camp officials are working on some of their fund raisers. They have recently sent out a $10 Challenge to everyone on their mailing list.

We have a large mailing list and our goal was to send out a challenge to everyone in the community to make a $10 donation to help with our funds. We dont ask our families to pay the full amount for what it costs for camp. We rely on donations, Hill said.

If everyone on the mailing list sent in $10, the camp could raise more than $34,000, she noted.

Empower Me Day Camp recently held a yard sale, which was hosted by Cathy Brown.

We are still counting, but so far weve raised over $2,600. Last year we raised $1,700 so this has been really great, Hill said.

On Thursday, July 12, Empower Me Day Camp will hold a free luncheon and are inviting families of campers and anyone in the community to come out and learn more about what they do. The luncheon will be in Building C at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

We will give a presentation and give everyone a tour of the camp, Hill said.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=59|imageid=372|displayname=0|float=right}

They will also be introducing some of their campers and staff and will give updates on their vision for the future.

On Friday, July 27, at 6 p.m., the camp will be holding its annual Pot-Luck Dinner and Camp Awards Show.

The Pot-Luck Dinner is our end of the year celebration. We usually have about 250 people there. Families of the campers and anyone in the community are invited to come. Its an opportunity for us to highlight accomplishments throughout the summer and each camper gets an award. They get really excited about it, Hill explained.

Their signature fund-raising event, the Summer Swinefest, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the College Hills Church of Christ, 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon.

During the event, camp officials will unveil more details about their recreational complex. The event includes a silent auction, food served by Toms Blue Moon BBQ and a special presentation done by the campers.

To help support this event you can become a sponsor, donate items for the silent auction and come out for the event. Tickets are $25 a person and can be purchased online, through the mail or at the door.

The camp is located at theWard Ag Center. For more information about Empower Me Day Camp, the Empower Me Garden of Dreams, Splash Pad, and fund raisers or how to help, visit

Staff Writer Nichole Manna may be contacted at

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