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Camp Good Days Receives Large Gift During the Holidays to Help Rebuild

Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 09:00 am

Moore for Kids gifts the organization $200,000 to rebuild its Recreational Facility

At the end of 2014, Camp Good Days and Special Times received a wonderful holiday surprise. Robert and Kristi Moore, co-founders of Moore for Kids, presented Camp Good Days with a check for $200,000. After learning about the devastating damage to the camp facility last spring and summer from unusual weather events, the Moores knew they needed to help.

In May of 2014, back to back floods reeked havoc over the Finger Lakes, including the Camp Good Days facility on Keuka Lake. The torrential rains and overflowing creek caused extensive damage that put the upcoming summer programs for children with cancer at risk.

After the devastating damages were assessed, hopes of opening the facility for its 35th year were grim. "I went out to the property to look at what the floods had done," stated Gary Mervis, Chairman and Founder of the organization. "After walking around a bit, I went back into my car and cried. I haven't cried that hard since my daughter died." Mervis started Camp Good Days after his youngest of three children was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1979.

Estimates to fix the property quickly rose to over $500,000. The local non-profit reached out for help, and the Western New York community responded. Volunteers and donors showed up in droves. By the time the first weeklong camping session opened, the Camp was pristine and even better than before. In total, over $400,000 in funds, goods and services were donated to this very special place that serves children with cancer, children with a parent or sibling with cancer, and children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer.

However, Mother Nature was not through with the camp facility yet. In July, heavy rains uncovered more problems. Engineers were brought in, and it was determined that what was at first thought a permanent solution in fact was not.

"We started to realize we would need to make another plea to the public. What we did in June to fix everything worked, but it will take hundreds of thousands more to implement a thorough solution to prevent this occurrence from repeating," said Mervis.

"We had been wanting to work with Camp Good Days and we felt that this was the right time to engage them," said Rob Moore.  "After meeting with them, we decided that we needed to take this burden from them and let them focus on the children and their mission. We do our best to please the Lord in all we do with Moore for Kids," stated Kristi Moore.


Moore for Kids is a Cambria, NY based 501(c) charitable organization dedicated to helping children and their families in times of need.  We focus on organizations that have an impact in the local community, as well as, a national presence.  More information on our organization can found at www.mooreforkids.org, FB: https://www.facebook.com/MooreforKids , or Twitter @mooreforkids


Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges through summer camping experiences and year-round events and activities. Camp Good Days was founded more than 36 years ago by Gary Mervis to provide a residential camping program for his daughter, Teddi Mervis, and 62 other children with cancer from Upstate New York. It has since grown to become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world. Camp Good Days was the fourth program of its kind in the country and the first to be started by a layperson. What was started to provide a residential camping experience for Teddi and the other children - 21 from Rochester; 21 from Buffalo; 21 from Syracuse - in 1979 grew to become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country. Many of the programs and services started at Camp Good Days have been used as models for cancer treatment centers and organizations throughout the United States and Canada. This past summer, over 1,500 children, including children with cancer from several foreign countries, participated and experienced the magic of Camp Good Days firsthand at our own beautiful Recreational Facility, located on the shores of Keuka Lake. All programs and services at Camp Good Days provided to many children and their families are offered free of charge for the participants. The only reason we are able to continue doing this is because of our many successful fundraising events and the generous donations from very special individuals and organizations in our community. Camp Good Days maintains its own Recreational Facility where the residential camping programs take place. The Camp Good Days' Headquarters & Volunteer Training Center is located in Mendon, NY and Camp Good Days also maintains offices in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Ithaca, NY. www.CampGoodDays.org