Camp New Dawn re­ceives $10,000

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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.

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