Exceptional Fundraising Efforts Boost for Special Needs Annual Camp Runamuk

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Rising nonprofit for children with special needs, The Foundation for Exceptional Kids, hosts a Beer and Wine Tasting event annually to raise funds for Camp Runamuk. The camp for individuals with special needs and their families has run for the last four years over Columbus Day Weekend. The Foundation’s efforts through fundraising and seeking sponsors center on the desire to make camp more affordable for its less fortunate clients.

The Foundation for Exceptional Kids will be hosting their second annual “Exceptional Beer and Wine Tasting" event on November 18th at the Terrace Green Golf Course in Mesa, AZ from 6-10 pm. The event proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Camp Runamuk, an award-winning, three night, four day family camp that takes children with special needs and their families to Prescott. Camp allows families to experience horseback riding, camp fires, zip lines, climbing walls and receive information on therapy services such as the use of therapy dogs. Camp programs are designed by professional therapists with Master’s degrees in Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, who volunteer their expertise for the entire weekend running groups and activities. In addition, direct care staff volunteer their time to be “Camp Pals” who work directly with campers to enable them to participate successfully in each activity.

Over the past few years, funding for children with disabilities in Arizona has been cut by 15%, and camp costs continue to increase. The Foundation is actively seeking sponsorship to help sustain the positive and supportive opportunities that this camp offers. For many families, Camp Runamuk is the only vacation they have with activities and specialists to ensure the health and happiness of their child with special needs.

The Foundation for Exceptional Kids is located in Mesa AZ off of Alma School and the US 60. It supports in-home and clinic-based services for children with developmental disabilities. Presently, the Foundation serves over 300 hundred families, providing them with community supports and education.

Tickets to the 2nd Annual “Exceptional Beer and Wine Tasting” Fundraiser, can be purchase by visiting The Foundation for Exceptional Kids’ website at http://www.forexceptionalkids.org. To learn more about Camp Runamuk and the incredible affect it has on its campers, please visit, http://camp-runamuk.weebly.org. Those interested in sponsoring this incredible camp should contact Allie at allie.h(at)forexceptionalkids(dot)org.


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