Posted on June 15, 2011 by stevehighsmith
Great kids, dedicated counselors and staff, and wonderful volunteers filled out a perfect sun-splashed day at MDA Summer Camp 2011 today. Camp’s great all week but today the Harley Davidson owners led by Schaeffer’s and Classic HD came to Worcester Township, Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia. Crafts, too, were awesome. Tyler made a strap for his guitar. He is quite the electric guitar master. He and his counselor, Max, lit up the stage for me for a few minutes. Tyler is a huge Aerosmith and Beatles fan. He burned the Beatles logo into his strap. The folks from Lowe’s were outstanding as usual in helping the campers build their floats for the big parade. This year’s camp theme is “Holidays”, so the kids built floats that fit holidays. I think the Thanksgiving one was especially clever. Columbus Day was pretty cool. I loved what Gracie and Evan, sister and brother,
did. They competed against each other. She was Santa in his sleigh and Evan was a Valentine’s Day card. He is one hip cowboy. We cannot say enough about the counselors who genuinely bond with the kids and provide leadership and friendship. The campers themselves truly love being there. It’s a chance to be themselves, no constant explaining anything to anybody, and it’s a chance to really enjoy a week of swimming, crafting, hockey or soccer playing, music, pranks, a little mischief, and more. MDA Summer Camp is fun. It is made possible by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which every year also channels tens of millions of dollars into research aimed at curing more than 40 neuromuscular diseases. This year’s MDA Labor Day Telethon is Sunday night, September 4th, from 6 p.m. to midnight on PHl17 in Philadelphia. Excuse me, I have to go. It’s time for Twister.
Make a Muscle.
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Posted on June 6, 2011 by stevehighsmith
Just got back from Las Vegas where I attended a major meeting of the Muscular Dystrophy Association regarding the upcoming Telethon. The MDA Labor Day Telethon has been an institution and an inspiration since the mid 1960’s and this year, as it transforms into a new era, it will continue to be so as it takes center stage Labor Day weekend in a new format and time. The Telethon will take place on PHl17 Sunday night, September 4th, from 6 p.m. To Midnight. It will no longer be on Monday, Labor Day itself. The new time is more prime time oriented, fits into the new model of viewing and offers new opportunties. Jerry Lewis has announced his retirement from the Telethon, though he is scheduled to make a final appearance at the end of this year’s broadcast and he will remain as National Chairman of MDA. The Las Vegas meeting took place at the South Point Hotel & Casino, site of the Telethon. I got a chance to talk with MDA executives and Telethon producers about the new Telethon and the latest MDA developments. National Emcee Jann Carl was among those filling us in and MDA families also reminded us how vital MDA’s funding of research and support services have been. I spoke with MDA National Goodwill Ambassador Abbey Umali. Abbey is all about “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference.” She is excited, too, because one of this year’s special guests will be Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) and she and Darius will sing together at the Grand ‘Ol Opry. In the 3 months ahead I’ll keep you posted on the guest list for the Telethon, the latest on MDA research, the upcoming MDA Summer Camp I’m attending and why your support for MDA makes a difference.
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