Camp New Dawn receives $10,000
EASTON — Principal and CEO of Atlantic Financial Group LLC, Brett M. Sause, and his wife, Molly, contributed $10,000 to Camp New Dawn, a three-day, twonight summer camp in Centreville for grieving children, teens and families. Camp New Dawn is an annual summer program provided by Compass Regional Hospice and serves children between the ages of four and 17 and their families on the grounds of Centreville’s Camp Pecometh on the Chester River.
What began as a weekend retreat for just children 22 years ago, has grown into a grief retreat that encompasses five different programs — a children’s segment, a teen segment, a mini-camp for young children, an adult retreat and a family retreat. Camp New Dawn had another record-breaking year in 2016 when 101 campers, seven families and 134 volunteers had fun, built friendships and were taught healthy ways to express their grief.
“No one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay,” said Rhonda Knotts, director of Camp New Dawn and bereavement coordinator for Compass Regional Hospice. “We depend on the generosity of the community to underwrite much of the cost of this program, which is why we are so grateful for donations such as these.”
Sause added, “Children’s Grief Awareness Day is Nov. 17th each year. It is our personal commitment to help promote the message of this important day on the Eastern Shore. I lost my father when I was just a teenager, and I understand what these kids are going through. Back when I was growing up, these types of programs did not exist. It is a great thing that our society has evolved to understanding and accepting the ‘front and center’ role that grief takes in a child’s life.
“Compass Regional Hospice is a leader on the Eastern Shore in pediatric grief support programs. They help children and teens develop healthy coping mechanisms to deal with their grief that will continue to benefit them throughout their lives. My wife and I are both proud and happy that we can help contribute to making a difference to local children who need strategies and support as they cope with the death of a loved one.”
Camp New Dawn, a program of Compass Regional Hospice, serves Queen Anne’s, Kent, and Caroline counties, but welcomes children, teens and families from all over.
Standing, from left: Heather Guerieri, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice; Sharon Loving, supervisor of support services, Compass Regional Hospice; Kenda Leager, development officer, Compass Regional Hospice; Rhonda Knotts, camp director and bereavement coordinator, Compass Regional Hospice; Molly Sause and Brett M. Sause.