CONNOR’Smiles run pro­ceeds help spon­sor chil­dren at Camp New Dawn

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CENTREVILLE — Com­pass Re­gional Hospice’s Camp New Dawn was cho­sen as a ben­e­fi­ciary for a por­tion of the pro­ceeds of the an­nual CONNOR’Smiles run held at Camp Pe­cometh on May 7. Or­ga­niz­ers of CONNOR’Smiles pre­sented Com­pass Re­gional Hospice with a check for $1,800 to spon­sor chil­dren to at­tend this year’s Camp New Dawn.

Camp New Dawn is a sum­mer grief re­treat for chil­dren, teens and fam­i­lies who are griev­ing af­ter the death of a loved one. Cam­pers learn healthy cop­ing skills that will ben­e­fit them through­out their lives. This year’s Camp New Dawn will be held Satur­day, Au­gust 13 to Mon­day, Au­gust 15, 2016.

“Our or­ga­ni­za­tion chose Camp New Dawn be­cause we wanted to give back to a pro­gram that pro­vides heal­ing to the com­mu­nity,” said Robin Rice, an or­ga­nizer of CON­NORS’miles. “Wit­ness­ing the im­pact loss has on chil­dren af­fects all of us. To be able to bring these kids to­gether un­der this com­mon bond strength­ens not only them, but the fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties who have suf­fered that same loss.”

Kenda Lea­ger, devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, said, “Com­pass Re­gional Hospice re­lies on com­mu­nity do­na­tions like the one raised by CONNOR’Smiles so that ev­ery child and fam­ily who will ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence can at­tend.”

To learn more about Camp New Dawn, visit www.com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org/camp­new­dawn or con­tact Rhonda Knotts, rknotts@com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org, 443 262 4109.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Or­ga­niz­ers of CONNOR’Smiles pre­sented Com­pass Re­gional Hospice with a check for Camp New Dawn. From left, stand­ing, Pa­tri­cia Draper, Robin Rice, Kent Lan­caster, Deb Lench­ner, Theresa Dot­son, Stephanie Kelly, Ber­nadette Alder­son and Les­lie Wing; seated, Rhonda Knotts, grief coun­selor for Com­pass Re­gional Hospice and di­rec­tor of Camp New Dawn, Kobe Pryor and Kenda Lea­ger, devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice.

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