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Rotary Club Donates $6400 to Summer Camp for Kids with Muscular Dystrophy

For the past four years, the El Cerrito Rotary Club has been sponsoring a charity with proceeds from their fall Wine Tasting fundraising event.

Photo Credit: Rotary Club
Photo Credit: Rotary Club
This year's efforts were focused on sending ten kids to summer camp.

But not just to any camp. Located in Sonoma County, it's a camp for kids, 6 to 17 years old, with neuromuscular disease and it's one hundred percent free. Director of Business Development at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Hannah Scriven calls it "an opportunity to dedicate one week to abilities rather than disabilities."

Everything at the camp, from horseback riding to arts and crafts, is adapted to their needs Scriven said, adding that, "there's nothing they can't do." The kids are each given their own counselor, access to a medical staff and "the time of their lives."

Rotary Club members presented the check for $6,400 to Scriven at Thursday's meeting. She said it's the first time the Association has worked with a Rotary Club. The connection was sparked by former El Cerrito Rotary Club President Jim Spain, who regularly volunteers with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Children come from all over the Bay Area and Sacramento to attend camp, which currently maxes out at 80. Scriven said they hope to expand soon with the help from future donations.

For more information, you can visit www.mda.com

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