Stuart Family Re-aquires Carnation Farm, Establishes Permanent Support for Camp Korey

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Camp Korey is relieved of its mortgage burden (for Carnation Farm) by the Elbridge and Debra Stuart Family Foundation, strong supporters and descendants of the founder of the Carnation Company, E.A.Stuart. Camp Korey can now focus solely on expanding its service to children with serious and life-threatening illnesses in the Northwest, through summer camp sessions, hospital outreach, family programs, and therapeutic athletics.

Third-generation descendants of Carnation Milk Company (established in 1899) founder Elbridge Amos (E.A.) Stuart have purchased Carnation Farm from Camp Korey, leasing the 818-acre property back to the camp for a nominal amount.

The Elbridge and Debra Stuart Family Foundation completed the sale on Wednesday, cementing a lasting partnership with Camp Korey. The Stuart family has been active in the management, preservation and historical stewardship of Carnation Farm since its beginning in 1908. Nestle acquired the property in 1985 with the purchase of the Carnation Company, and sold it to Camp Korey in 2008.

Camp Korey will continue to operate and grow at Carnation Farm, offering seven weeklong camp sessions and a variety of programs in 2010 to children with serious and life-threatening illnesses. Without a mortgage obligation, Camp Korey can focus its resources on mission-based programs and expanding its camper capacity. The Stuart family can preserve the legacy of Carnation Farm, and join Camp Korey in celebrating its value to the local community. Elbridge Stuart III along with his aunt, Ann Stuart Lucas, the granddaughter of E.A. Stuart, currently sits on the Camp Korey Board of Directors.

Elbridge (Bridge) Stuart III is the great-grandson of Carnation Founder E.A. Stuart. He comments, “Carnation Farm has been embedded in our family’s history for more than a hundred years now. Re-acquiring it lets us support the good work of Camp Korey—and preserve a part of King County and Washington State history—while honoring our connection to the property. It is all of us working together for a single purpose.”

About Camp Korey:
Camp Korey serves children and their families with serious and life-threatening illnesses at no cost to them, offering summer camp sessions, family weekends, adaptive recreation programs, and outreach for those in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Camp Korey is a provisional member in the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, founded by Paul Newman in 1988. To learn more, visit

Camp Korey – Eva Conner, Marketing/Communications Coordinator; 206-799-8285; econner(at)campkorey(dot)org
Elbridge and Debra Stuart Family Foundation – Elbridge Stuart; 206-660-8825; easlodge(at)comcast(dot)net

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